Sorry I don’t have the energy or focus for a real post today. I caught a cold over the weekend (no idea how, I never go anywhere without at least one of my boys and they’re all healthy), and it just keeps getting worse. So here’s a few thoughts, bullet-style:
1. Any of you with toddlers/pre-schoolers, I have a question for you. At mealtimes, do you have to remind your child to eat every thirty seconds or so? Unless PJ is just super hungry and the meal is exactly what he wanted (and sometimes even then), he continually gets distracted from eating. While chewing one bite endlessly, he will start playing with his fork or spoon, or look under the table for the dog, or play peek-a-boo with me or Scooter, or anything else he can find to do other than eat. Until I threaten to take his food away and dinner be over, he cannot focus again on eating. Most meals, this happens with every single bite. Is there any wonder I hate mealtimes some days? So is this typical behavior? Do your kids do this too, or did they have a phase where they did this?
2. I’m totally torn between finishing off the job of weaning Scooter so I can take real cold medicine and clinging to our last nursing session each day for that snuggle time. The practical side of me says it’s time already, but I don’t feel ready emotionally yet. He still seems to enjoy it as well, otherwise I would have moved on already. It doesn’t help matters that M doesn’t fully understand how strong my emotions are about this and continues to encourage me to finish weaning. Must be nice to be a man, where much of the time the practical side is the only side.
3. It’s weird sometimes to listen to PJ talk. He talks mostly non-stop these days, and almost all complete sentences. His vocabulary grows each day, and he often rattles on about something he could have only learned at school. It’s just so normal that I tend to forget that less than six months ago he was barely talking at all. He sings songs now and will try to quote the dialogue of his favorite movies along with the characters. He asks for what he wants and can answer my questions (even if he doesn’t always do so readily). I’m so proud of how he’s flourishing in pre-school. I’m starting to hope they reconsider whether he needs the extended school year program this summer; not only will it prevent us from going crazy having him around all day every day, but I want to see his improvement continue and not have him lose any ground over the summer.
4. My parents are coming to visit us the first weekend in February. It won’t be a long visit, but I’m super excited that they’re coming, other than the extensive cleaning I need to do over the next two weeks. You see, although both of my parents have been frequent visitors over the past few years, they have never managed to visit at the same time. The last time they visited us together was right after PJ was born, before we’d moved into this house (we moved the next weekend). Even when Scooter was born, only my mom was able to come down right away; my dad showed up a week or so later when he was here on business. Considering we only live 4 or 5 hours away from them, it’s crazy to think they haven’t been able to make the trip together. It means a lot to me that they’re making a real effort to take a joint trip to see us.
Now off to start cleaning for their visit. The guest room has become the catch-all room since it has been so long since we’ve had overnight visitors, so I need to find somewhere else to store all the junk hiding in there. Wish me luck!