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!
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!