I've been so bad again. What, has it been three, four weeks? Ah well.
It has been an interesting time. First, let's talk the fun stuff -
Yes, it sticks to your fingers
AAANNND your chin, but only if you suck on it first.
It has been beautiful lately and we found a park that we absolutely love. If you think it's hard going to the park with one toddler, try three. It's mental suicide. Anxiety ridden toddler craziness.
But here, at this park, there are duck ducks that swim in wawa. There are slides, double swings (check that out!),
and a big field for kicking balls or running around. Plus, it's about a mile away, so Mommy works off the three cupcakes she had for breakfast.
This month we're really taken a turn for the super dangerous. I struggle with the battles that I choose. For instance, do I let him jump on the cushions on the floor? Yes. Do I let him jump on the chair and couch? I'm not sure. Do I let him hurl head first off the chair? Preferably no. Does it matter what I think? Not at all, because right after I shot this angelic picture of my boy, he did just that.
Here we are at one of the aforementioned parks, where I have heart attacks.
Liam absolutely SHRIEKS with joy when he is excited by something now. Here it is in action. I love the arms back and belly out to exclaim even louder.
Dangerous item at the park. I love guiding Liam on this one when it's just the two of us at the park. He is very good at figuring out how to move his arms and legs at the same time. I love it when he climbs up it, because when he is on the other side, looking down at it and thinking about hurling himself head first off of it, he has a recollection of it. You go up, not down. So far, so good. No hurling yet. (FINGERS CROSSED!)
Chalk is super crazy fun. So is eating it like it's a french fry.
Liam is still learning how to run. It's so cute watching him figure it out. He gets this fast, crazy awkward walk where his legs swing around.
We've been walking to a toddler gym on Tuesdays. It is a big gym with tubes, tricycles, mats, balls, and lots of kids running around. It's practically free and one of the many reasons why Madison is such a great place for kids. Here we are walking to the gym, and Liam and his little friend Sadie held hands the whole half an hour.
They have developed such a special relationship. They often play hide and go seek and chase all day. When we read stories on the couch together, they lay on each other and giggle. When I see their friendship, I feel so happy that I made this decision to have this daycare in our home. Yes, it's a "job". But it's a job where I can stay home with my boy and see all of his moments. It's a job where he can socialize, build friendships, and learn to share not one, but all of his toys. It's a job where I can be sure that he is eating well, learning well, and having fun. It's a job where I get paid, where I don't have three car seats so it's a little isolating sometimes, but I love it. I truly love it.
After nap one day, John gave Liam his ipod and headphone.
Get this boy some tables, and he's ready to dj.
Rock it, little man, rock it.
Here we are getting pancakes. Mmmm maple syrup. I think Liam would have eaten that tiger if we had covered it in enough syrup. Maybe he would have even eaten vegetables.
Again, one of the super MONSTER scary playgrounds that we tried out. This one is really special, with a deck out to the lake, a street with fast cars, and playground equipment that's fifteen feet tall.
But here we are looking cute -
Check out that super curl.
Liam loves to kiss the "baby".
He actually says "weeee". It just kills me.
We got a new chalkboard from Ikea. Love Ikea. Here we can experiment with eating chalk like french fries indoors instead of out. This is also fun because we can decorate Daddy's pants with lines of pink chalk right before he leaves to teach. That's okay Liam, there were already ketchup stains on it. ;)
For the past few months, we've had a little playgroup with some friends. I don't even know why we bring out the bowls with this group. We should probably just throw the bag of crackers to them and see what happens.
And our biggest achievement of the month -
BIG BOY BED!
Inspired by the Montessori philosophy, I bought a twin mattress and put it right on the floor. It's okay if he gets up from his bed because I stripped his room to make it more like a big, safe playpen. The only things in the room now are his mattress, the bottom half of his dresser (it was a two piece antique hutch), and a few books. There are a few pajamas in his dresser and a cd player on top where we play bedtime music. I will add a small table and a few more books as time goes on, but I didn't want to distract him too much in the beginning. We transitioned Liam to bigger blankets and a regular pillow a few months ago and he did very well with it.
I put the bed in and the first day we just talked about it. We were very careful to be calm and quiet on the bed. This is not a place for jumping or being wild (that will come in the weeks, months, years to come, I know), but it's a place for reading, cuddling, and sleeping. Here we are getting used to it. The first day Liam and I cuddled and read books on the new bed. We pretended to sleep on it and put his monkeys to sleep. They all wake with a big GOOOD MOOOORNING!!!! and we put our arms in the air!
Despite this solid beginning, I was still a little nervous.
And then the first nap...
I spent the first forty five minutes of that nap sitting outside his door, reading a book and listening to him. He talked to his monkeys for a few minutes and got really quiet. When all was still for a very long time, I saw him. Crashed.
After that nap I thought that he would need more transition. I thought we would nap in the bed for a few days, sleep in the crib at night and then make the full transition. However, later that night I ran a few errands and came home later than expected. John really wanted to help and put Liam to bed... in his crib. With no transition. With no help. I was stunned for a minute, like, why did you DO that? He NEEDS this?!?! But Liam was asleep. He did it. And he has done it every nap and every bedtime since. No problems, no transitions, no big deal.
He did figure out that the pillow and covers are more comfortable. He prefers those to the middle of the bed now.
To close, here Liam is after a big blackberry snack in his stroller. Silly Mommy thought it would be a good idea to give the babies blackberries in a ziploc bag before going to the park. Silly Mommy. I didn't think that the berries (be-yees) would be so much FUN to SQUISH in the bag and THEN eat. But, good job on getting the eyebrow too, bud. Nice swipe. :)
To be continued with Easter and other news...