This boy is so much fun!
The days are full on (especially now that he is down to one day sleep!) as he’s getting older.
From the moment I open my eyes it’s on.
He makes it clear that he wants to:
– feed himself,
– pick out his own clothes and shoes,
– eat when and what he wants,
– drink out of a cup,
– pour his own drink (just started thanks to Montessori),
– feed our cat,
– ‘help’ me cook/sweep/mop/clean/etc,
– wash himself,
– go outside,
– read books (sometimes he pretends to read, other times he begs for me to), – walk without holding my hand,
– hide things
– go in the car (“vroooom”)
– go to sleep (he starts saying “nigh nigh” and waving at everything in sight)
All of these things he signals either with a word, pointing and/or nodding/shaking of his head… sometimes all three (i.e. *points outside* “door” *nods furiously*).
He’s a typical toddler really!
Learning to nod and shake his head ‘yes’ or ‘no’ has really opened doors for him with expressing himself more.
He gets me to sing rhymes on repeat. He learnt the actions to The Incy Wincy Spider some time ago but is now perfecting the actions to Open, Shut Them.
We now have made a fully conscious effort to eat family meals. We used to feed Cameron first and then ourselves. Now that he feeds himself most of the time we have adjusted our meal times to be together.
I light a candle and sit with him and have breakfast and lunch with him. He ‘helps’ me prepare our food and drinks. He ‘helps’ Mike and I make dinner too and we eat as a family. It is so nice to enjoy our meal together. To eat slowly and purposefully. To be able to laugh and share and talk without anything distracting us.
But it is fun. Exhausting… But fun.
Giggling as we swing higher. Nothing beats swinging on mamas lap with only an arm for a belt.
Going for walks through nature. Pointing out ducklings in a row, fish circling, different unique flowers and crunchy leaves.
& making wishes.
I am half way through “Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting” (Myla & Jon Kabat-Zinn) which is a lovely read. I will have to do somewhat of a ‘review’ for it soon.
See you tomorrow 🙂