This afternoon, we visited this Catholic museum. I walked right in because so far almost all the museums we’ve visited have been free! We’ve only paid for one. But I was quickly turned around and redirected to the front desk to pay admission for my daughters and myself. Whoops. While I did enjoy this museum, I liked the building and the lighting more than what the museum contains. I think I would have a greater appreciation if I were Catholic. As a Christian I still appreciate what I saw, but I’m sure not in the same way as someone who practices Catholicism. The building itself was really beautiful. I loved the wood floors, the painted wooden doors and the ceiling in each room was painted in stripes. The courtyards were dreamy. I sure enjoyed taking photos of my daughters here. I’m always chasing the perfect photo which is harder with three children instead of two. And a baby who likes to look away and do her own thing! Oh Maeve. I’m often wearing Maeve in the ergo, which makes it a little tricky to get her into photos. It takes a little more effort to get her out of the ergo and wiggling in her sisters’ arms! 

I really enjoy these afternoons when we get out and see things around town. So rewarding. 

Today was the second time the girls and I have visited this museum (it’s called Centro Interamericano de Artesanías y Artes Populares or CIDAP). Honestly, I think they like the gift shop next door more than the museum. I really like this little museum. It’s super close to our apartment, on the way to our favorite park. When I get home, maybe I will actually use the loom I bought and learn how to make some wall hangings! I definitely want to every time I visit this place. Today we walked through, strolled through the gift shop and then picked up a snack at the next door cafe. It’s these moments that are so wonderful. 

One problem with Ecuador is that we don’t have a high chair, but we do have a 15 month old baby who is a messy eater. We did primarily baby led weaning with Maeve so she’s used to feeding herself. Funnily enough, she eats more when we feed her. Meal time is usually a pretty big mess, but fortunately over the last almost 6 weeks, Conor and I have both chilled out about it. Maeve loves utensils, she loves eating off our plates and she loves avocados. Oddly, she would not touch avocados in the USA, but here she loves them! It’s not uncommon for me to be preparing a meal and giving her bites of avocado. It’s so funny to watch her scoot towards me with her mouth open. My little bird. 

Maeve, oh Maeve. Tonight when I was telling my mom about Maeve, she pointed out that one of the challenges this big age gap gives us is that Maeve is going to want to do what her sisters do and feel frustrated when she’s too young! Fortunately, the big sisters are really patient most of the time. I couldn’t help but snap a couple of photos of Maeve “helping” sweep. Add a couple annoyed squeals when she doesn’t get to do it her exact way and that’s my baby! Reminds me of Holly vacuuming when she was two.

We don’t have a dishwasher in our apartment which is kind of awesome. Conor and I keep meaning to give our girls more responsibility, but it’s easier to do everything ourselves. Here in Ecuador, the girls take turns doing dishes, wiping the table and sweeping. And it’s awesome. Of course, we sometimes still help them with dishes. But it’s been so great to have them pitch in more!

Also, those cheeks! 

Maeve is 15 months old today. She’s the jewel of our family, we all adore her! Maeve still isn’t walking although she loves to motor along and walk with someone holding her hands. She scoots everywhere on her bottom, but in the last couple of days, she’s begun to explore her hands and knees. I have mixed feelings about that! Of course I want her to crawl on her hands and knee, but Maeve scooting around on her bottom is so uniquely her. A part of me will be sad when she walks and no longer scoots. I feel as though I should take many more videos!

Maeve is finally beginning to sleep through the night only because Conor and I are so under slept and desperate! It’s tough to listen to her cry in the night and actually, last night, I gave in and fed her. But those nights where I sleep straight through without any interruptions are heaven! Conor and I are wondering why we didn’t insist on her sleeping through the night sooner, but there’s a few reasons why including her lack of weight and height and my own push over heart. 

Maeve is the only white baby I’ve seen in Ecuador and turns a lot of heads. Maeve is a really tricky name for Ecuadorians to say (Katie too actually). Her name is usually pronounced, “mab.” Or sometimes I over pronounce the “v,” which makes it sound like a two syllable word.

The other day, I had Holly take a couple photos of Maeve and I. I need to make a greater effort to be in more photos.  

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