we've been traveling a lot. it's been really fun, and eva's had all sorts of great experiences this summer. however, i think having been away from her papa for three of the past five weeks is starting to take its toll on my sweet girl. here's a conversation we just had (as she was supposed to be going to sleep -- as i type this it's 11:15 and she's still awake... apparently travel also takes its toll on bedtimes).
(enter mid crazy-long sentence-o-fatigue:) "...and go see papa and lemma."
eva, do you miss papa?
what things does papa do that you miss?
"play bunnies and play bowling!" [both wii video games]
haha. what else do you like to do with papa?
"um, read stories. papa read me the counting book... the counting ladybugs book."
oh, that sounds fun. what else?
"and eva and papa make a mess! and then papa clean it up and eva help clean up."
yeah, that's true. anything else that you like to do with papa?
"papa sing songs to eva. and make eva feel better."
enough said. this should be obvious, but i forget sometimes that she's not a tiny baby anymore, it's not all about mama all the time. she needs her papa, too. and unlike me, a grown-up, she can't necessarily understand why papa is sometimes not with her for a long time.
papa, we miss you...
ps> i mentioned eva's imaginary sister, bohp, last time. well, we apparently have a new addition to the family. eva now has a second imaginary sister: panowah (emphasis on the "wah!"). we had a big conversation between all of us over coffee while camping. later, eva had violet under her shirt -- "mama, i have a baby in my belly, and now it came out, look, it's violet!" she then put violet in her carseat "so she can be safe". eva does lots of caring things for violet (asks her if she's okay, sings her songs, gives her mama milk, snuggles her, puts her to bed), so i'm not surprised to find out that she's violet's mama after all. that seems about right.