Parenting Bliss

Jack has been so easy lately.  I can’t express how awesome it is to engage in lazy parenting.  In the mornings he gets up out of bed by himself, drags a step stool over to turn on the bathroom light, uses the toilet and washes his hands without prompting.  This all happens whilei David and I are still trying to catch sleep in our warm beds.  After Jack is done he gives us our morning wake up call so that he can acquire breakfast and watch Super Why! I toss out some clothes for him and he dresses himself, socks and all.  This saves me so much time in the mornings!

Jack has also been buckling himself into his carseat (with just a little help from me) and routines are pretty smooth these days.  He uses the potty, brushes his teeth, and picks out books – all without help – in preparation for bed.  He never asks for a fourth book and last night when I offered one to him, he refused!  I snuggle for a couple of minutes and shower him with kisses until he dissolves into giggles before saying goodnight.  He did get up to use the bathroom again last night, but went back to bed without a word after he was done.  I was impressed!

I know this won’t last, but I will enjoy it while it does.  This is exactly why I don’t have a second child yet!!!

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Becoming Self-Sufficient

Today started off quite differently than yesterday.

Yesterday Jack threw a fit when he was told he should use the potty first thing when he gets up in the morning.

Today?  He happily marched into the bathroom, used the potty, and washed his hands without help.

Yesterday I had to wrangle him into his clothes for the day.

Today he picked out his own outfit in its entirety and dressed himself (shoes included).  This is a FIRST!

Yesterday wasn’t all bad.  We tried out a yellow bell pepper since he loves the red ones so much and he devoured the entire thing.  When prompted to use the potty and get ready for bed, he peed, washed his hands, and brushed his teeth all by himself.  I was rather blown away.

Gosh, my little boy is growing up.

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Excuse me while I channel Cher

Jack is in the middle of something…I don’t know if it’s a growth spurt or a developmental spurt or both but it is pretty aggravating. The last three or four (really I’ve lost count) nights we’ve been awoken by him wailing in his sleep. My guess is that he is having nightmares. He doesn’t wake up from them and although I try to calm him by patting his back it doesn’t really help. It’s frustrating to not be able to do anything except lay there awake and listen to him moan…I have trouble falling back asleep even after he’s quieted because I hear him in my head anyway. My brain isn’t working so well during the day now.

He’s also been eating a TON. Last night for dinner he had two tubes of yogurt, 8 pieces of salami, two rounds of cheese, half of a clementine, a cookie…I think that’s it. That is a lot though! This morning before we even left the house he had one and a half fruit/grain bars and half of a banana. I swear the kid looks taller already.

Jack has also been increasingly stubborn and bossy. He wants to do things by himself and throws a fit if we interfere without being asked/told. Last night David split Jack’s orange in half and Jack flipped out and cried for 45 minutes demanding that I put it back together. Sheesh! If I could turn back time…

I can’t even imagine what things will be like two or three months from now. The leaps he makes now are so startling and I’ve barely wrapped my head around one before another one comes into play. For his dad’s birthday, I was able to get Jack to draw a J and an A on the birthday card before he refused to draw the rest of his name. Ever since then, he’s started drawing random letters (and things that look like letters) on his artwork at daycare. I can’t believe I have a child old enough to be writing! That’s just nuts!

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The Boss Man

Jack has been very good at telling me how to parent him lately.  I know that may make me sound lazy but I call it efficiency.  If he tells me exactly what to do, then I can do it right…right?  😉

I’ve made breakfast the last three mornings prior to taking Jack to daycare.  Tuition includes breakfast and lunch but the little dictator in my house demanded eggs on Monday and a PB&J sandwich on Tuesday.  PB&J for breakfast is weird but that is what the conductors on Curious George were eating, so he suddenly HAD to have it.  Today he woke up and told me he was hungry so I made him oatmeal.  He ate the whole bowl and then said he wanted more.  If I wasn’t so amazed at being a parent who cooks breakfast in the morning, I’d be blow away by how much that little guy eats.

Up until recently, Jack hated baths.  It didn’t much bother me because he’s not the type of kid to cavort in the mud and he absolutely detests dirty hands.  This week, however, he has announced each night that he is ready for a bath.  “I am gonna take a bath and then we’ll read books!”  (Reading books is our bedtime signal.  We read books and then it’s lights out.)  I have no idea what caused this change but the bedtime routine has gotten even smoother, so I’m all for it.

I’m a tad embarrassed to state that he knows how to turn the television off after a movie is over and wiggle the mouse on my computer when it tries to go to sleep.  Now if only I could get Jack to dress himself and use the toilet consistently, I’d be set with my self-sufficient kid.

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