she sleeps with her arms above her head

She’s done it since she was a baby. I didn’t realise she still did; I checked on them in the night because her twin was ill. She has this serious look on her face, not stern but kind of no-nonsense. Her arms thrown up above her head, backs of the palms nearly touching. She looks like the baby she was not too long ago – short chubby arms, soft cheeks, body given over to rest.

She’s always been the ‘good one’, something we’ve tried to avoid but really she has been so easy. Slept through from just a few weeks old, settles herself, does what she’s asked. Lately she’s railing against that, showing us there’s more to her than ‘good’, and wow, is there more. 
She sat on my lap in the GP clinic today. Smiling, she reached up to my head, grabbed two fistfuls of my hair and pulled with all her strength (she’s strong). When I tell her ‘no’, she sings and laughs or she tells me “I love you Mummy” or she says “hmmph!” but she doesn’t cry. 
She is independent, and she is shy. She is opinionated, and she is loud. She is creative, and she is kind. She is sociable, and she is a bit of a tinker sometimes. 
She is three years and seven months old. She is sharing the development of her personality with us, and it is beautiful.

About Ellie Thouret

I'm an obsessive knitter based in the UK's North West. Passionate about good food, crafts, home decor and my family.
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1 Response to she sleeps with her arms above her head

  1. Mr M Callan says:

    It is beautiful! As is this lovely description of her. I hope she comes to treasure it, and her mother, too.

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