My little watchdogs

Eli, who is  4 years old (5 in May) is a very perceptive boy.  He takes note of a lot that goes on around him, and of what is said.

He is apparently very aware of my gestational diabetes, because while eating some candy yesterday, he informed me, “This is very bad for you huh mom?”  To which I sadly nodded yes.  To which he added, “And my ice cream yesterday, when you took a bite, that was REALLY bad for you.”  To which I further nodded in affirmation.  And then he cheerfully added, “But once the baby is here you can have it all!”  To which I joyfully agreed.

Lucy, also, is very attentive to what is happening around her.  The girl can’t help but be obsessed with babies and baby care as we are running a residential program for vulnerable pregnant women with services lasting through the babies first 4 months.  At any given moment, Lucy is able to go to the women’s dormitory or classroom and have her pick of beautiful babies to look at and touch.  She herself carries her un-named Corolle baby with her EVERYWHERE.  Along with all of the necessary baby paraphernalia.  Extra changes of clothes, bottles, toys, pacis, diapers (swiped from my one pack of newborn disposables).  She is very aware of OUR baby though, and reminds me throughout the day to be saving things for it, for when it comes.  Hair barettes, pairs of socks, used diapers, left-over cereal, outgrown clothing, colored pictures, dropped malaria pills, you name it.  She is a very thoughtful, and planful little girl.  I appreciate that about her. 

Last night, when the baby was in an awkward position and giving me a cramp, and I complained of it, Lucy exclaimed, “Well, then you better go to the doctor and tell her to take her out so you can feel better!”  Good idea Lucy.  I like your style.  But then again, this is the little girl who wants me  to keep my shirt up all of the time so her little sister can see out of my tummy.   Like my shirt is the window shade preventing this little girl from “seeing the world”.  Oh  my.

Playing "baby" together. I love these kids!

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Bonita May on February 23, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    Precious moments! The amazing and almost at times overwhelming love of mothering leaned and experienced when our children are little and dependent never seems to fade. We learn like Mary “to ponder all these things in her heart.” We continue to observe, love, and be amazed even when they are 35.

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  2. Posted by Karissa on February 23, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I love the shirt as a window shade idea…so funny!

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  3. Posted by Eve on February 24, 2010 at 1:07 am

    Lucy looks so big in that picture! I love that she will have a little sister to dote on. She’s going to be a GREAT big sister – and Eli there to protect them both. 🙂

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  4. Posted by Anna on February 26, 2010 at 5:50 am

    sweet kids – miss them…and you

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