I got Q her first skateboard the other day.
I no doubt will live to regret this decision. Q's cousin Harrison still bears the scar of roadrash on his forehead from the time he tried to go down the porch stairs headfirst while lying on his stomach atop his skateboard...age 3. Q, for all her height and maturity, is only two and a half.
But she is a natural with all sports, and a bit of a stunt-girl by nature. She instantly knew the correct position in which to stand on the board (thanks to her favorite show, Yo Gabba Gabba, which is skater-friendly). Almost immediately after first trying it out, she hopped on and - to my utter amazement, start shuffling her feet gently toward the nose of the board, where she proceeded to attempt to "hang ten" (I did not get any shots of this maneuver since I was two busy trying to snatch her out of thin air before she hit the floor).
This trick is also a byproduct of her YGG obsession (thanks to an episode where a surfer named Alex shows his old-school form on a wave). I guess she figured if it worked on a surfboard, it ought to work on a skateboard.
Life is evidently going to be one long series of heartstopping moments for us as the parents of the astonishing Q. But, well, let's just say it's worth it.
(btw none of these photos were staged. All of it was, believe it or not, her idea...including climbing on the box, and taking the skateboard with her. I think she's preparing for her post-competition podium appearance, not sure.)
Her daddy also recently bought her a slide. Since it is not yet warm enough for outdoor sliding most days, the slide has taken up temporary residence in our livingroom (!!) much to the Q's delight. She also, incidentally, instantly began performing stunts on this apparatus, including climbing up it backward, and, once balanced at the top, stretching up like a high-dive artist, arms raised over her head, very nearly on tiptoe. This performed in front of her shocked speech therapist as well as her scandalized mommy.
But that's Q. She am what she am.
No, these are not her glasses.
They belong to her bunny, FooFoo.
As far as we know, her vision is good. But should she ever prove to need glasses, I will be looking for a pair exactly like these. How cool does she look in them??

Incidentally, all clothing in this post is from the wonderful spring/summer '10 collection at Le Vestiaire de Jeanne. I love this season's collection and it suits Q to a T.

Image from the VDJ blog:
photo: Le Vestiaire de Jeanne


Jeanne-ming said...

oh my. first...skateboard and is only a question of time she will skate down the slide.

second...the glasses...adorable and I can't stop laughing.

third...Jeanne's clothes are made for QQ.

Fourth--you are Mike are BRAVE!

and finally, on any gray rainy day, when I feel FLAT, I only need to visit Q to see her funny self and her fervent Mother to set my world right again. You two are better than Seattle caffine.

Heidi {FruFly} said...

I just LOVE your blog. Fantastic pictures and beautiful girl!♥ - Heidi

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Jeanne-ming, you're so right on the mark. I'm already picturing myself catching her with the skateboard at the top of the slide, ready to ride down. EESH!

glad we are brightening your day today...i am battling a sinus infection and deadlines, and not feeling so chipper myself ;)

Heidi, thanks for visiting our blog! So glad you did!

Pretty Mommy said...

Wow! Q is so brave and such a little one is very cautious (probably an extension of her overprotective mama) She's now constantly telling me "be careful!"

Daan said...

o wow a skateboard! She looks so supercool!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Pretty Mommy, I was a cautious child myself. I would never have tried the stunts that Q attempts. But this has been her personality from the get-go, and she seems to strike a good balance between reckless and cautious. As a result, I have learned to be a relatively laid-back mommy. Relatively.

kenza said...

Lovely! What a fantastic world you and Q have created! Have a nice week end. (I think you will like the poem I just posted... well I hope. I thought of you and Q when putting it up. The English translation is included)

Mom-Friday said...

cute! at this age, they will want to try anything that they can slide on, roll on, or skate on! my kids will be envious of Q for having her own slide! :) and those glasses look preppy she's like a girl Harry Potter ;)

Di said...

Daredevil right enough! I had a slide as a child and loved it. I have a friend who's dad built them a slide for Christmas one year, in the attic and only realised on Christmas Eve that it would not, of course, fit through the hatch out of the attic!!

I love the clothes - someone else had them on their website yesterday.

FDChief said...

Does Little Bunny Foo-Foo bop the field mice on the head?

sinnlighet said...

Yes yes yes, your blog is just soooo wonderful, as usual, and the small girl gives me a lot of energy!

A footprint from Sweden by Agneta

MODsquad said...

What a perfect gift for Q! Somehow I think she'll be a pro before you know it!

MaDaltOn said...

among you,
everyday becomes magical and uniqueyour little girl, her look, her presence, so at ease!
and clothing, so beautiful ...

Gigi said...

Okay, Q is rockin' the skateboard . . . and the slide . . . and, maybe most of all, those glasses. You are raising the coolest surfer/skateboard punk rocker with a serious intellectual side. That's all I can say, my friend. xo

Angie Muresan said...

Oh dear Lord! Q is fearless and beautiful. I love that her character is so determined (and also that you are a Flogging Molly fan!!!).

Catalina said...

I love your little girl!!!

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

Angie ;) we are BIG Flogging Molly fans around this house. Big. And it is that time of year, is it not?