Every night I go to bed, I have thoughts swirling in my head. Things to do. Scrapbook pages I want to create. Gifts I want to make. Skills I want to learn. And, of course, daily happenings that I don't want to forget, but invariably will by tomorrow morning, only to pop up in a random thought weeks down the road. So, here I am. I may use this blog daily to empty my head and heart before cuddling up in my duvet, or as it may be, I may write in it once a month. Who knows. It is for me, but perhaps something I write or learn may spark a fire in someone else. Perhaps it may quiet a mind or make you feel like you are not alone out there. It is for me. But perhaps it is for you.

Saturday, May 21, 2011


1.  You are loving playing with your stuffed animals right now, assigning them the role of Mommy, Daddy, Kai and sister.  (No, there is no reason he has a sister in there that I know of.)  Often they go on adventures, go to sleep and play cars.  You are more frequently sharing your breakfast with them, although I have been discouraging the sharing of such things such as pancakes with syrup on them. :)

2. Your Daddy has been showing you how to pee standing up, outside in the garden.  So now you often ask to go 'pee in the garden', which translates to peeing on the back porch more often than not.  You have also tried to use your potty to practice this skill, but the height difference does not work in your favour.  Please use the toilet, my growing little boy!

3.  Hockey.  There is little better than playing hockey with Daddy on your inside hockey net.  You have great aim and can shoot with both sides of your stick, often one-timing it.  You love saying "Go Canucks, go!", even though you do not really like it when we try to watch a game rather than play with you.

4.  Swimming.  You began swimming lessons a few weeks ago.  Let's just say the first lesson we had trouble getting you into the water with your Daddy.  You sat on the ledge for a long time and only went in with a 'security-blanket-like' kick board.  Then the only way you moved was if I went across the pool and you kicked over to me.  When I took you to your second lesson you were kick board-free, in the pool the whole time and actually participating with the class.  What progress!  So when we went for a fun swim at Hillcrest with Oscar and Paul, you spent most of your time in deeper water, jumped off the edge multiple times, and even asked to go under the waterfall twice!  Such improvements and bravery, Little Buddy!  We're so proud of you!

5.  Singing songs.  You are often singing songs that you have learned at daycare, and are really great at changing lyrics to make up new songs with me.  One of the best lines you sing is the beginning of Oh, Canada!  You actually think the words are "Oh Canada.  Are you home and naked?"

6.  You had to say good-bye recently to your daycare friends Ben and Mia, who moved on to new daycares.  This happened about three weeks ago and you still don't really understand that they aren't coming back.  You often bring something to daycare to 'share it with Ben and Mia.'  Although you understand that they are at a big kids' daycare, you still seem to think that they are coming back while at the same time asking where your big kid daycare is.  It is odd that you are the big kid at daycare now and younger children copy you...it seems like just yesterday that you were the little boy looking up to the older kids.  We will definitely stay in touch with Ben and have playdates.  You are such good buddies.

7.  Soaking in the knowledge.  Caterpillars turn into butterflies.  Learning the ingredients of cookies.  Copying everything we do and say.  Your brain is a sponge right now and it is so fun.

8.  Hammering real nails into styrofoam with a play hammer.  Such concentration.

9.  Sharing your feelings via role play.  Example:
      "Mommy, I'm going to work. [gets backpack or notebook and pen] Give me a big kiss! "
     "No, Mommy.  Now you cry because you are sad.  Keep crying, Mommy."
     "Okay, now I'm home from work."

     "Mommy, Daddy and I are going to play hockey.  You stay home.  Cry!  You are sad!"

Could our little boy be telling us something???  So sad. :(

10.  Tantrums.  The tantrum stage so far is not as bad as I thought it would be.  Yes, you have tantrums.  You cry, plant your feet on the ground and refuse to move or do anything we ask of you.  You eventually can be distracted out of your pout, or bribed sometimes, but you refuse to listen until you are ready.  Luckily, most of the time so far we have patience and time to wait it out.  We work really hard to help you understand that there are some rules you MUST follow, and that saying you are sorry after hurting someone is very important.  What hard lessons to learn.  Thank you for being so cheerful and playful the rest of the time, MOST of the time.  It makes these harder lessons easier to teach.  We love you!

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