Last week little man told me that he wanted to go to bed. He had had a bath and we were downstairs watching In the night garden and having a drink of milk.
He got up and went and stood at the bottom of the stairs and called out for me.
I followed him up the stairs, where he chose his story, sat with me to read it and then went off to sleep.
I laid him down in his bed and thought to myself, when did you get so big?
The amount he has grown over the past 4 months is astonishing. Maybe I notice it more as I don’t spend a lot of time with him during the week.
It still scares me when I have to look after him on my own. I worry that he will get bored, be naughty, or just really grumpy and I won’t know what to do with him.
Now he is getting bigger it is certainly easier communicating with him. It is difficult however in so many different ways.
Trying to reason with a toddler having a tantrum doesn’t work. If he doesn’t want to do something, he won’t, unless picked up kicking and screaming.
If he is in a good mood, he is the best thing in the whole world. He plays on his own, he chills and watches Cbeebies when he wants a bit of a break. He even eats all his food.
I suppose now he is getting older, he is more grown up. Sometimes us grown ups don’t want to do things. The difference however is that we understand that we have to do these things. A toddler still doesn’t get that.
And that is okay. That is our job to teach them.
So every day when I look at my little man and think about when he got so big, I remember that it is now my job to teach him right from wrong. To teach him that sometimes he has to do things he doesn’t want to.
And to teach him that just sometimes, it is time to go to bed.
Busy Working Mummy XOXO