Life is good and busy. The kind of good where you feel like you are gloating. The kind of good where you wake up rested and you go to sleep smiling.
Our days have been full on lately. Cameron has (seemingly instantly) turned into a high maintenance toddler (is there any other kind?) and it’s busy even when we are doing practically nothing.
Just recently we started having issues with Cameron’s breastfeeding etiquette – comes with the territory of a nursing toddler! During teething he has wanted to nurse quite frequently and it got to the stage where he would get really upset if he couldn’t nurse right then and there (not always easy!)
He would very unsubtlely pull at my top and make a noise signalling (PLEASE!). It was getting embarrassing and frustrating. So it was time to instill some BFing manners! I continued saying “no” and holding his hands but started to also offer him an alternative – signing “milk” in Australian sign language.
Michael was so surprised to see that practically overnight he went from demanding a feed to politely sitting back and signing “milk”. Now it is so easy and admittedly super cute.
I’ve realised that at this age (14 months) it’s a lot easier to introduce signs and it can help tantrums so much! We also sign “finished”, “up”, “stop” and “wait”… great for a tot!! I am hoping to teach him more and we have started signing animals.
I’m one for a good sing-along in the car (can’t sing… I’m terrible…) and my favourite song at the moment is Katy Perry’s ET. It was too stinkin’ cute to catch Cameron jamming to it in the rearview mirror the other morning with a big grin on his face. Cameron loves dancing lately. From rocking out banging his head to waving his arms about and bouncing up and down. He’s got moves!
My cutie-pie has an obsession with two nursery rhymes: The Incy Wincy Spider (including attempting to copy actions) and Humpty Dumpty (including some seriously sweet giggles of anticipation and throwing himself to the ground). If I ever need to calm him or make him focussed; I can simply ask “can you do Incy Wincy?” or “who is a Humpty?”
Mike has taken up playing soccer for the first time since high school so I’ve been flying it solo mama on Tuesday nights and it makes me think single mamas are Super Heros. Not that I didn’t already.
The other day we had a playdate at the Botanic Gardens (we have another one there on Monday and I’ll be packing my camera and some bread alongside our Ergo, some picnic food and a ball). It was very humid but the gardens were beautiful and the wildlife was just awesome and such fun for Cameron. We spotted ducklings and lizards (including a huge one and one in a tree) and we fed some ducks and birds and two turtles came over and up to try and catch some food! I think it was just as exciting for me as it was for Cam :P
We have been catching all the sunshine we can and enjoying simple fun with nature as much as possible. Cameron is so at home when he can explore freely and he adores flowers and leaves.
One phrase I hear a TONNE lately is “uh-oh” and it has turned into a game for Cammy. He’ll look at me then purposefully drop something and say “uh-ooooh” with mock shock and all. The sweetness of it hasn’t worn off for me… yet.
Be back soon with more photos and updates!!
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