What a beautiful spring day here! I am loving it! We went to the playground and had a picnic lunch. I have the best banana bread in the world baking as we speak (I needed to use up bananas). The chickens are roaming the yard, happy as can be. I’m about to go outside and plant my lettuce in the raised beds. It’s sunny with a little breeze and I have been hanging outside in only a long sleeve t-shirt. What could be better? A post about baby birds, you say? Why yes, I agree!
Clara has become obsessed with the idea of eggs and baby birds hatching. Just in time for spring. What a coincidence. Actually, I had next to nothing to do with this obsession. I only played off of it because it is awfully adorable to watch a toddler “hatch” plastic easter eggs in a nest made of pillows and then pretend to teach the baby birds how to fly. We really have been doing a lot of that these days.
We have also been reading this “Cat in the Hat” book a lot. Clara has become a little obsessed with it. Which is okay. For our first real non-fiction reading, it’s not too bad. There are a ton of them, too, The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, so I may be getting more from the library. But, for now, I will be reading Fine Feathered Friends: A Book About Birds multiple times a day.
With this obsession in mind, I made her a little present. I knew she would love it. It was not a surprise, as she saw the book that I got the pattern out of and demanded that I make it for her, even though I was planning to anyway. It took me about a week of evening knitting after she was asleep. It would have been faster, but I was too tired on some nights to work on it. Which came first? The birdie or the egg? In this case, I know the egg came first ’cause I made it.
The baby bird hatches out of the egg, then can fly around the room to his heart’s content. I just used all sorts of leftover yarn that I had in my yarn bag, so the beak color is a little funky, but I like it. I took some pictures of Clara playing with it. Notice the attitude in the first one? The second is of her hatching her little egg.
I can think of worse things for a toddler to be amazed with! Maybe we’ll have to make a point of filling our bird feeder so we can see what comes to visit in our yard.