I learned to walk as a baby, and I haven’t had a lesson since ~ Marilyn Monroe

Is baby A walking? asks my father who has been out of town and hasn’t seen her in a couple of weeks.

My mind smiles.

Yes she is walking, fingers flying, toes barely touching ground, lots of falling, but she is up, up, and away.

And like Midas who with everything he touches turns to gold, everything baby A touches turns to mess.

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Tissue boxes are left empty in seconds, crackly baby wipe packages with wipes pulled out everywhere, and cupboards opened. Blog posts take longer to write and have oh-so-many interruptions.

It seems like just yesterday when it was Z’s turn to walk!

Z learning to walk a couple years back

And I wonder was Z like this? Babies who have metamorphed into toddlers are so much Work, work with a capital W. But with the walking of milestones come good things, like baby A’s physical therapist at CHOA (Children’s Health Care of Atlanta) who today cooed excitedly, “I think you’re ready to graduate!” The feeling of knowing therapy is over and done with, that baby A has made progress is a wonderful feeling, is a big Blessing with a capital B.

I am happy to be done after an almost year long’s worth of therapy visits , but I realized other children may face a reality of therapy for days, months, years, or even a lifetime. It is hard on children, but so much on the parents. As we were exiting CHOA, I saw a tiny little boy with a mop of curly red hair, round glasses, and a red walker with tennis balls attached. He was in his own little childhood world of and was pushing his walker determinedly. I stopped to admire him, and then his mother did as well. At CHOA, parents can experience so many emotions, especially if their child is not progressing. Hoping that all those children heal ASAP.

Grateful for below:


Grateful for warm weather again, Atlanta weather in which we can simply open the door and step outside sans jackets.IMG_2275-2

Z is metamorphing into a real big person!IMG_2290-2Baby A delightedly pulling on her great-grandmother’s tasbih (prayer beads). Grateful for great-grandmothers!

“God has created every [living] creature from water. And of them are those that move on their bellies, and of them are those that walk on two legs, and of them are those that walk on four. God creates what He wills. Indeed, God is over all things competent.” – Quran 24:45


About Doodling Through Life

I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012), an an infant (August 2017) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

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