Here are some things Evie has learned during this time of quarantine:
1. How to say I Love You. As of August, she now says, "I love you SOOOOO much!"
2. How to dance the Robot Cha Cha, courtesy of her music teacher sending along videos. Robot Cha Cha is a made-up dance, but she actually dances to Apache, by the Sugar Hill Gang. Every single night.
3. How to tell Daddy to dance the Robot Cha Cha, and make us all giggle. Now Evie just points at her Dada and says, "Dada Dance." And then he has to dance.
4. How to read the words "God," "love," "pray," "toe" as of April, and now as of September, I can truly say she can read most words in a board book. She doesn't even let me read the words for her Bedtime Prayer book now. She has to read it to ME. She is very proud of herself.
7. To cook something in the microwave for 1 minute. Don't worry, she's not strong enough yet to open the microwave door herself.
8. That her reflection is visible in the oven door and the microwave door when she wants to look at herself...all the time.
9. Simon Says MUST be put to song, and Mommy must sing it with the ukulele every time, and dance around until she is panting excessively because she is now completely out of shape.
10. How to coast down the driveway on her scooter without hitting the bushes.
11. How to pretend to count to 10 during hide and seek while totally peeking to see where Mommy or Daddy went to hide. She refuses to hide. She only seeks.
12. How to be adventurous in tasting foods like broccoli, french fries, ribs, cheerios, and noodles. Her newest favorite is cranberry sauce--she is truly my daughter.
14. Evie's vocal language has really taken off in the last 6 months. She now independently says things that surprise me, like "Mama hug Evie" and "Purple Stars (for which pajamas she wants to wear)." She spontaneously bursts into song, and sometimes gives a monologue that I don't completely understand. Her favorite pastime is naming all of her plastic vegetables. It's going to be a good rest of the year as she expresses herself in so many more ways!
Things I have learned during this time of quarantine:
1. How to transition quickly from a Zoom call with preschoolers to a Zoom call with colleagues. It should be interesting this fall with hybrid/remote learning!
2. How it is essential to have leggings for each day of the week.
3. How much I love and miss the cameraderie with my colleagues at work.
4. The many ways of spatial engineering necessary to fit food in my freezer.
5. The many items I can make with overripe bananas.
6. How short Evie's attention span is after I took the trouble to set up a game or something to cook together. (We are working on this!)
7. How much I appreciate my husband, who does his fair share of hide and seek, feeding tube schedules, bath time, feeding meals, and picking up whatever takeout I am craving.
8. That the Netflix show Kim's Convenience is hilarious. And how much I enjoyed Crash Landing On You on Netflix, which jumpstarted my new hobby of watching Korean dramas.
9. That good ergonomics are essential in keeping me feeling like an 80-year old woman after working from home. I finally gave in 5 months later and got a new desk chair!
10. That we are so immensely blessed to have a ray of sunshine named Evie who makes quarantining not so bad, when we are having dance parties and laughing over the little things.