Today we took Riley to her very first weekend soccer "practice." I say "practice" because I don't really know what else to call it... It's called "Little Dribblers" and she's in the "under 2" category, although we messed up and came half an hour late and missed her group altogether. But from what I can tell, they basically set up some goals, and have the kids try and dribble and shoot and score a few times, and then they play around with their parents. It's free, and it's right by our house, so we thought we'd take Riley along and see what she thought of it all.
Today she didn't feel like participating. And you know what? That's totally okay with me. The kids were all a bit older (since we missed her age group), and she was so darn fixated on the playground that was just on the other side of the field. But we wanted her to at least watch and see what the other kids were doing before "releasing" her to go play on the playground. So she didn't play, but she watched...
And when they kicked the ball and scored a goal, she yelled "yaaaaaaay!" and she smiled, and then looked at us and said, "playground?" so we scrapped the soccer for the morning and headed to the playground. But man did she look cute in her little soccer attire (and if you're wondering about the CROCS as a soccer shoe, well, let's just say we found out 2 minutes before we were leaving that her nikes no longer fit her, so crocs were our best bet.)
After our morning outing, we had a nice day at home, for the most part. A day full of puzzles and books, trains and pianos and xylophones, sand pits and baby pools, and lots of sibling bonding. That picture on the left? Riley now thinks Jack Jack is even MORE awesome because she can make him do the Mickey Mouse hot dog dance.
Riley alternates between loving having Jack do tummy time and hating it. I don't know why, but sometimes she requests it, and sometimes she screams and cries when I suggest it. Weird. Today was a "lovin' it" kind of day.
Speaking of tummy time, the little guy is getting quite good! He holds his head up, looks around, and if he's on the boppy pillow he's so strong he rolls right over!
Now that Jackson is starting to be awake a lot more during the day, he's really starting to notice Riley a lot more, and she's enjoying trying to interact with him as well. She likes to hold him and pat his head, and of course pull off his mittens so she can count his fingers. She likes to kiss him and hug him and just be near him all the time.
And this next picture might now be my favorite photo of all time. Just maybe.
Jackson has been sleeping a little more restlessly during the day (and night, for that matter), so today I tried having him sleep on his side or tummy for some of his naps. Not really sure that it helped, but I did learn that he can turn himself almost 180 degrees while laying on his tummy. Also learned he can sleep through Riley playing the piano, the xylophone, AND the harmonica at top volume right next to him. He must get that from his daddy, who can sleep through ANYTHING.
In the late afternoon I took Riley out for a mama-daughter "date," which sadly we had to cut a little short as it would seem some little baby I know and love seems to be hitting his 6 week growth spurt, and wants to eat ALL the time. He's a ravenous little fellow, which I have a feeling will continue for the next few days or so. Oh well, at least he's cute. Let's just hope I can manage more than a few hours of sleep tonight!!