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Day 26: Cars and trucks

March 30th, 2008 | Posted by Brinestone in Kids - (0 Comments)

No surprise here: a nearly two-year-old boy who is obsessed with all sorts of vehicles. Sometimes my mom asks me what Lego is doing at the moment when I’m on the phone with her, and lately my answer has almost always been, “playing with cars.” Sometimes he’s lying down on his stomach, his arm outstretched with the car in it. Sometimes he’s sitting up. Sometimes he just lines all his cars up in rows. I don’t know what the fascination is for little children—especially boys—with cars, trucks, trains, and planes. But it’s nearly universal.

Also, if you live near us or will be seeing us in the near future, see if you can get him to say “helicopter.” It’s extremely cute.

Days 24 and 25

March 29th, 2008 | Posted by Brinestone in Kids - (1 Comments)

Day 24: Time to eat!

One of Lego’s self-assigned duties is to run and yell, “time to eat,” at his Dad when I tell him it’s time. Sometimes he’ll start yelling it when I start making dinner, and I have to yell, “Not yet,” so Jon Boy doesn’t get confused.

Day 25: Use caution!

Toddlers are notorious for having little to no sense of their own danger. They jump off of things, climb too high, run into streets, grab dangerous objects, and stick their fingers in outlets. Sometimes Lego does things that scare me—I would never expect him to do otherwise.

At the same time, he is extremely obedient the moment I tell him something could hurt him. He moves far away when I open the oven, he stays close to the car when we’re getting in, and he doesn’t climb out of his crib (even with the side rail down). Lately, he’s been pointing at knives (including butter knives) while I make dinner or do dishes and saying, “No, no, no.” These are the times I love how cautious he is.

There are times when I wish he’d be a little more daring. When there’s a small step that I know he could walk down safely, he insists on going down backwards. He still hasn’t learned to jump, though I know he can do it. I’m fairly certain it’s because he’s afraid of falling instead of landing.

Other times, his caution is just funny. He got sprayed once by accident when I was using the spray attachment on the kitchen faucet, so every time I pull it out now, he ducks down below the countertop. When he was learning to cruise on furniture, he would let himself down slowly and carefully instead of doing what every other child does—plop down using their diaper for padding.

I am definitely the cautious type, so he might get it from me. I remember once when all my siblings discovered they could slide down the top of a tube slide at the park instead of going down inside it, and then jump off at the end. I was too scared and never tried it. I wish I had. I mean, yeah, I’ve never broken a bone, dislocated or sprained anything, or gotten stitches. But I’ve also refrained from trying some fun stuff. I hope Lego doesn’t take after me too much.

Days 22 and 23

March 27th, 2008 | Posted by Brinestone in Kids - (2 Comments)

Day 22: Lego is good at going to sleep.

Lego took a long time to sleep through the night, but for a long time, he has been very good at going to sleep at night. Someone (I don’t remember who now, so sorry if it was you) recommended a bedtime routine, and once we established that, we got him to sleep every night with little to no crying or drama. Yeah, he runs around a lot while we’re trying to wrestle his pajamas on or brush his teeth, but once it’s time to get in bed and go to sleep, he doesn’t complain. He just snuggles in while we put on his blankets and sing him a song or two. Then we leave the room and he talks quietly or not at all until he falls asleep.

The other day at nap time, he decided he wanted to sleep in his toddler bed, something he’d been afraid to do before that. I told him he needed to stay in his bed if he wanted to sleep there, but of course the first time I left the room, he climbed out immediately. I once again reminded him that he needed to stay in bed or he’d have to sleep in his crib. He was climbing out as I spoke, so I put him in his crib. He cried to be let out and to sleep in his little bed, so I repeated the rule. He has not climbed out of his little bed since. Even in the morning, he yells “Out!” at me rather than climbing out himself. I guess he doesn’t want to lose his toddler-bed privileges. Hehehehe.

Day 23: Blue eyes

The first thing people notice about Lego is that he has really blue eyes. And they’re big. See exhibit A:

I wonder if his eyes will stay blue forever or turn greyish bluish greenish like his parents’.