Sunday, 1 November 2015

October Gratitude List

Autumn has really set in now.  I can tell by the the fact that it's getting dark much earlier in the evenings and by the necessity of wearing a jacket in the chillier early mornings (although at midday I end up having to carry it home as the temperatures soar into the mid-to-late twenties).  I can tell by the appearance of tangerines and pumpkins in the greengrocers', and everywhere colourful sugar skulls and sheets of purple and orange tissue paper with intricately cut designs of flowers, skulls and skeletons.

October Gratitude List


1.  I'm going to start my list with a reference to hurricane Patricia which turned out to be nowhere near as bad as predicted.  That's definitely something to be grateful for and I think practically
everyone in Mexico would agree.

2.  I'm really thankful to Emma's godmother from Mexico City who came to visit us with her family a couple of weekends ago.  We hadn't seen them in about a year so it was nice to get together again.  For Emma it was like her birthday, Christmas and Three Kings Day all rolled into one as they'd brought her several boxes of toys which had belonged to her godmother's daughters, now ten and 20. She didn't know what to look at next!  We had to sort out which things she can use now and which are for when she's a bit older, but I'm sure she won't need any new toys for a long time!

October Gratitude List - toys

3.  A few of my favourite things about Emma this month:

  • She now quite definitely calls me "mama", which really melts my heart.  
  • And she's learnt to call out (from room to room!) "mama!", "papa!" as a kind of game of call and answer.  
  • I love that she gives me a big hug and kiss when I come home from work every afternoon.
  • She will push you or pull on your leg to get you to go where she wants you to, then pats the space on the floor, sofa or step where she wants you to sit!
  • She's getting more skillful with a spoon, although, depending on what type of food she's eating, a lot of it could end up round her mouth or on the floor.  It's great watching her concentrate hard to get food on the spoon and then in her mouth.  When it's something she doesn't want to eat any more, she continues practising her fine motor skills by spooning things out of the bowl onto her tabletop, then back again!
  • Little things that make her giggle, like flopping onto the bed, being chased around, peekaboo (still!) or hide-and-seek, being swung around and upside down...
  • When she gets excited about seeing certain things when we're outside: buses, dogs, birds, the moon, sometimes seeing other children.  She loves to touch leaves and flowers and even kisses flowers!

4.  This Halloween Emma got to go trick-or-treating for the first time.  We dressed her up in an improvised cat costume complete with pipe cleaner tail!  The cat hood came from a sweater that's now too small, plus some black tights and a "trick or treat" top her grandmother bought.  She looked so cute!  The event was organised by the community where we live of basically two little streets, so all the kids went out at the same time and just went to the houses that were participating.  Emma was probably the youngest.  After the trick-or-treating everyone gathered in the communal terrace and garden area where there was pizza, jelly, fizzy drinks and "Day of the Dead" bread for all who wanted it.  The children were playing and Emma was fascinated watching them.  She got excited about a football left on the grass and spent ages just kicking it around!

Mums' Days

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15 comments:

  1. Aww such sweet milestone moments watching Emma grow :) Glad to hear the hurricane didn't impact you as much as expected. We all heard some scary predictions. Would love to see you link this up to my #GratitudeGoals linky :)

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    1. Thanks! I'll have a look at your linky.

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  2. I just cannot wait to squeeze this little nugget in the new year! I love reading about all the little things she does, so sweet xx

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    1. And there's so much more I forget to write about! She's growing so quickly!

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  3. Aw, that cheeky little grin! The Halloween costume is so adorable too. :) I love the sound of the call and answer game - Marianna will say 'mum' except for when she's asked to (like, who's that?) then she says 'dad'. Makes me wonder if I do need a new haircut or something! #KCACOLS

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    1. Thanks! I'm glad we joined in with the trick or treating, it was a lot of fun!

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  4. This is lovely! The cat costume is so cute, and she looks so, so happy with her new toys! My youngest has recently really taken up calling 'mummy', too - so sweet! Also spooning things out of her bowl when she is bored of eating - less sweet! #KCACOLS

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    1. Yes, all those new toys were pretty exciting (for us, too!). I love hearing her call out "mama", although I'm not 100% sure she's always referring to me!

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  5. What a darling little post Emma seems to be coming along nicely. Her little halloween outfit sounds so cute as well.xx #KCACOLS

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  6. What a darling little post Emma seems to be coming along nicely. Her little halloween outfit sounds so cute as well.xx #KCACOLS

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    1. Thanks! She did look really cute and was quite tickled with her tail!

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  7. Aww she was such a cute little cat. Lovely list hun. Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

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  8. What a lovely post!! It is always nice to make a list of the nice things that have happened to your family each month. It is great to record the developments of your daughter Emma so then you can get back to it and remember it again. She is definitely so excited about her new toys!! Bless her. And that cat costume is adorable!! My youngest daughter hasn't said mummy yet. I think she will soon. Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I'm so happy to have you for the first time. I hope you like the linky! :-) xx
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    1. Glad you enjoyed my post! Making a gratitude list definitely helps me focus on the positive instead of the negative things each month, and it's nice to have a record of it all, especially things related to Emma. It's a great linky, lots of interesting posts to read (just wish I had more time to read and comment on more of them, I'm not so good at that!), I'm glad I found it.

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