I have been encouraging Lira’s nanny to bring her to the playground and by the pool everyday so she can breathe fresh air, hang out and get to mingle with our neighbors. She has already established her routine and will bring Lira downstairs after she has had her breakfast in the morning and around late afternoon where they have been hanging out with fellow nannies/mommies with babies and toddlers. I thought such interaction will be good for Lira since she is now in a period where she can be afraid of strangers.
I seldom check our condo bulletin board but one day I chanced upon a post calling for babies and toddlers in our condo for weekly playdates for 6-18 month old babies. Lira gets to play with her cousins but they are 3 and 5 year olds respectively so it will be a different experience for her to be playing with smaller babies more around her age. I texted the number and I was told that the playdate is every Tuesdays at 8am. This schedule is perfect, I can plan to work from home on Tuesdays and my work starts at 9am.
We went to our first playdate today and there were a couple of babies. My neighbor who organized the playdate prepared coloring materials and books. I went to take photos and watch but could not accompany Lira because I had an 8am conference call so I watched them while I was pre-occupied with my meeting.
Lira interacted well and happily dunked her hands into the paint. I actually was also planning to let her “paint” and play with edible paint last weekend and at the same time have a mini photoshoot but the weather did not cooperate. We will try it again this weekend.
I hereby present, Lira’s first artwork. I took it home so I can get it framed and display it on top of her toy shelf. I have no plans of hoarding and keeping her future artworks, in fact I only want to keep digital copies or convert them to digital art like this but this may be one of the few pieces that I will keep.