When Aria was born I didn’t immediately realize how early one’s personality begins to show. I now know that a baby’s uniqueness can display itself the moment she is born – from how hard she cries to whether she is awake and alert and watching her surroundings or sleeping peacefully for hours. Does she sleep in one spot or spin in her crib? Does she lay or sit quietly on a blanket on the floor or squirm and scoot and wind up half way across the room before she can even crawl?
Aria cried passionately and watched intently and rolled over the very first night she was born. She hasn’t stopped moving since. I often look with wonder and awe at a baby that can be placed on a blanket on the floor while mom makes dinner or straightens up or has a cup of coffee. This was never my girl. And while it’s exhausting at times, it’s also exhilarating and creatively challenging and just plain fun.
up and down the halls, over and over again,
giggling and laughing and screaming all the way.
Playing hide and seek and peekaboo,
she loves being chased.
Our life, in pictures, shows Aria on the move. And that’s the way it is; keep up or she’ll leave you behind. She has her moments of quiet play and loves to read, but still the mind is always going. “Play hard, live big” seems to be her motto. And while I do occasionally yearn for a portrait that is not blurry from movement (or a quiet cup of coffee), these too show precious moments of our girl in action, passionately committed to whatever she’s doing without concern for who might be looking. This is real life, lived large.
The DC aquarium is an active toddler’s dream.