a bunch of the kids from ramona’s playgroup are doing a gymnastics class this summer. it’s for kids 18 months to two years, & supposedly focuses on skills like running, jumping, rolling, learning to share, & taking direction from an adult that is not the kid’s parent. i’m not a huge fan of structured activities for ramona, but the truth is that i am not exactly super-active running-&-jumping mom. if there’s one area where we could use a little outside help, that would be it. i can read to her all day long, but i only have about ten minutes of active play time in me at the playground or whatever before i have to go sit down. the magic of all my physical disabilities & whatnot.
but! even though ramona turns 18 months three days before the class starts, she can’t really join in because she’s still not walking. let alone jumping or running. hopefully she’ll be doing that stuff by the time the class is over (it runs until early august & i am REALLY hoping she will learn to walk by mid-july, at the latest, which is when she will be officially, gestationally 18 months old), but there’s no point in shelling out money for a class where she won’t be able to do most of the activities. though it would be interesting to see if she can take direction from a non-parent adult. i’m not totally convinced she takes direction from her actual parents. any time she actually does what we ask her to do, i always assume it’s just a funny coincidence.
also? i think she’s too young to share. sometimes i worry that i’m not really that great of a parent because i really let ramona do almost anything she wants, as long as it’s not dangerous. people get so upset with their little kids for being loud, crying in public, taking toys away from other kids, etc…obviously i don’t love any of that stuff, but…it’s babies being babies, right? i’d make myself crazy trying to control that stuff. it would be like getting upset with her for being in diapers. or not having all of her teeth yet.
i don’t know. maybe i’m too permissive. maybe she’s capable of listening more than i think she is.
in order to get ramona to walk, we have been taking her out with a walker a lot recently. the other day, she walked an entire mile with her walker! jared mapped her route when we got home. she crossed streets & everyone we passed just about lose their minds admiring the cute baby slowly toddling along. (& probably a few people wanted to murder us for letting the cute baby SLOWLY toddle along.) so now we do that a lot, though she hasn’t wanted to walk that far again. a couple of days ago, i wanted to go to the fabric store to pick up a few notions. so ramona & i headed out. half an hour later, we had managed to cross the street & get about fifteen feet up the next sidewalk. it was 90 degrees out & ramona kept stopping to look around as soon as we were out from under the shade of any trees or buildings. i finally gave up, popped her into the stroller, & walked to the block where the fabric store is located. i took her out again & offered her her walker & she acted like i was murdering her. so…back into the stroller, i got my zippers & craft batting, & back home for us.
yesterday i decided to see if she wanted to walk to the library for story time. the library is even closer to our house than the fabric store. the fabric store is about three & a half blocks away; the library is literally across the street. she tooled along more quickly than she had during the fabric store outing, but after half an hour, we’d still only covered about half our route. the second half involved turning & walking north, & ramona refused. she wanted to keep going west, & proceeded to throw herself down & wail every time i tried to redirect her. so…back into the stroller & off to story time. where ramona’s walker was a SMASHING SUCCESS with all the other kids. emphasis on the smashing. i’m sure all the other parents wanted to murder me for bringing such an enticing new toy into the room. when story time was over, one kid just tried to walk off with it, & her caretakers barely spoke any english, so it was a bit challenging to express that the walker belonged to us & their kid couldn’t just have it. (though we got there in the end.)
ramona is also getting some new teeth (her lower canines), so she’s been waking up at dawn & grumping hard. but she’s also learning new things. she started saying “kitty” the other day. jared taught her to grab his nose & make a honking noise, so now every time she hears the word “honk,” she tries to grab someone’s nose. he also taught her to fist-bump. blah blah blah. kids do cute stuff.
the woman who got me into sewing visited last week. she’s the one who suggested i sew a quilt for the baby when i found out i was pregnant with ramona. she got a job in another town shortly before ramona was born, so we haven’t really seen much of each other in the last year & a half, so she missed the lion’s share of my burgeoning interest in sewing. we walked around the house & i showed her all the things i’ve sewn: quilts, napkins, curtains, etc. she kept saying, “how did you do this?” & “how did you make this?” she asked how i did the quilting on the quilts in the bedroom & i was like, “eh, just basic straight stitching with a walking foot, nothing fancy,” & she was like, “what’s a walking foot?” i showed her my walking foot & she said she’d never seen one before! she’d never heard of a quarter-inch foot!
it made me realize how much i have learned about sewing in such a short period of time. a little more than a year ago, i didn’t even know how to thread a bobbin. i would take the entire bobbin case out of the machine & then spend half an hour trying to fit it back in. (this was on my old machine, with the vertical bobbin case–ugh.) i didn’t know there were different needles for different types of fabric & different feet for different tasks. full disclosure: i was fuzzy on the idea that there even were different kinds of fabric! i knew absolutely nothing.
not that i am some world-famous seamster now, but i never would have guessed that i’d someday be able to sew all the things i’ve been sewing. i really can’t believe how much i’ve learned! it makes me wish that lawrence or kansas city had a skillshare event like the boston skillshare i used to organize (which seems not to exist anymore? very sad) because now i really have a skill i could be sharing! there was almost always some kind of sewing workshop at the boston skillshare, but i never attended them. in part because i was too busy to go to many workshops, being an organizer. but also because being interested in sewing just was not on my radar then. maybe someday when jared, ramona, & i are settled into whatever new town we end up in when jared gets a job, i’ll see about organizing a new skillshare conference & i’ll teach a sewing workshop. it’s been quite a while since i did any collective organizing. it could be fun. right? maybe?