Wednesday, June 23, 2010
He's just THAT Kid
I think after ohh about a year and a half I have come to terms with the fact that I am raising "THAT kid".. you know..
That can't resist jumping in every muddy puddle when given a chance.
That sticks his hands in butter and tries to drink massage oil when I'm not looking.
Who runs away in stores just about the time when mom has to pay the cashiers - and giggles his head off when I catch up to him.
That would rather eat all the strawberries and raspberries and "pick" rocks for his basket instead.
Who still wants to play on the playground even though he got his clothes and shoes all covered in sand and lake water and therefore had to play in a *borrowed* diaper (thank you prepared mom at the beach!), soaked running shoes and a hat on the busiest playground in town.
Who takes all his clothes and diaper off at potty time while the other daycare teachers are helping other children and declares proudly, "This is my penis!"
That throws a full blown tantrum every time we have to come inside from playing outside.
To clarify.. I don't think it has anything to do with my parenting skills or style. Often I find other parents saying "you sure have your hands full". I know at certain times I've felt green with envy at those parents that seem to have it easy with children that are quite content amusing themselves quietly and never seem to get into trouble. The truth is, I'm happy with who Brendan has become. I'm glad he's confident, outgoing, and not afraid to try new things and see what reactions he can elicit. I know he is learning valuable lessons about cause and effect and testing out boundaries. He effectively keeps me on my toes and teaches me so many new things every day. He also strengthens the bond in our family through laughter and honesty. I can't wait to see what another child will bring to our little family. Part of leading a more stress-free life is learning to accept the hand that you've been dealt. I'm feeling pretty content with all aspects of my life right now and so we enter the "premester". We were trying for another baby awhile back and decided to put it on hold when I got my part-time contract job. Timing was not right. Now it seems like a much better fit. We will begin trying for baby #2 in August.