Well, if last Sunday was cold and miserable, this Sunday is simply gorgeous. We spent time at the park and are now just relaxing with Curious George and some mint iced green tea that's really satisfying my summer Sonic cravings. I cannot believe that my little guy is counting down to his second birthday in less than a month! The past almost six months, from 18 months on, has been filled with some major ups and a few downs from our little guy.
The talking! Oh my goodness, this kiddo can talk. Yes, no, please, thank you, names of friends and some family members, what different animals say, and our latest, play-dough. Although our conversations are still pretty one-sided, he definitely has thoughts and opinions he does his best to share with us.
We're starting to do activities together more. The aforementioned play-dough is very popular, as is coloring together, and using stickers on our art projects as well. He has lots of fun playing pretend with fake food and feeding it to me or other soft toys in his room. However, books are our definite favorite. Each night, we spend a good 20-30 minutes looking at and reading books together before bed. I often catch him flipping through books on his own too!
Holidays have been a blast as well! Opening Valentines and hunting Easter eggs have been such a treat. So was playing in the snow earlier this winter! I'm looking forward to all the shared summer activities this summer too. Spring experiences like mud puddles, planting our own seeds for a salsa garden, and time at the park have all been time well spent.
We've also had some learning to do... there was a biting phase that still pops up when he is feeling particularly frustrated or overly tired. This was definitely the hardest thing to discipline and manage because it was happening in many different places and for several different reasons. With the help of his wonderful teachers at the ECC, we were able to help him learn that biting was not an acceptable way to show his frustration and as his vocabulary (and use of it) improved, so did the biting! I'm very proud of how well he's done lately using his words when frustrated or upset.
Mass is still a struggle. Honestly, I expect it to be for the next year or so. In my inexperienced opinion, Mass behavior improves as their understanding of the Mass grows. It's hard to expect a toddler to be quiet and calm during the consecration of the Eucharist when he has no idea how beautiful and sacred the moment is. For the time being, we'll keep reading our favorite Easter book, looking through our children's Bibles, and saying "Amen" after prayers to help his young faith grow.
Regardless, being this little man's mom is daily adventure that isn't without its struggles. Its pushed me to do research and really consider what kind of parent I want to be, as well as be very mindful and reflective about what works well for our son. Its really all trial and error at this point, but I can say with confidence our son is funny, friendly little boy who is growing up well!
On a side note, what do you think, should I celebrate my little turkey with a big bash for two years? Or should we keep it simple until he can actually remember the party? I'm torn... let me know in the comments!