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Archive for August, 2009
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Jack is full of goofiness and I could no longer go without documenting it somewhere. Rather than using my blog to report these tidbits of genius (what else could they possibly be?), I set up a Twitter account for him (which is alternately updated by Joe and me). If you are on Twitter, go! Follow him! If you are not and don’t want to be, check out his latest quote on the right-hand sidebar of this page. The kid’s a crack up!
Exercise. That is my goal for August – to be active every day. I was inspired by Sarah to join Room 704‘s 30 Days of Blank. I am not normally a joiner of anything, but Sarah’s very persuasive – even online where I can’t see her boobs.
Everyone who knows me knows how much I loathe exercise. The only thing I despise more is Jodie Foster (we’ll save that explanation for another day; actually, it’s not a very good story, so I won’t explain). So for this month I will walk, bike, hike, and do anything else to get my heart rate up. That includes, um…kissing. Yeah, “kissing” (Sarah gave me permission to count it!). Hopefully this will get me back in the swing of things ’cause right now I’m an unfit mess. I don’t even remember the last time I played Wii Fit, although I know it hasn’t been hooked up since we moved to the city. Now would be a good time…
Speaking of Sarah, she is coming for a visit! She’ll be here on Wednesday and we will (hopefully) assist one another in meeting our 30 days goal. Either that or we will be incredibly bad influences on one another. Let’s hope it’s the former!
Tags: easing transition, preparation, preschooler, surprises, three years old, transitions
I’ve never much liked surprises. I am a planner and I like to know what is going to happen next. Maybe that is why I feel so in sync with this stage of Jack’s development. Every night around 8:30 I tell Jack “soon we will go read books.” He brushes his teeth and does whatever he feels like he needs to do and then announces that he is ready to read books. We usually read three. I can switch out one or two but it’s good to keep a standard book in there (right now it is “Underwear Do’s and Don’ts” by Todd Parr).
After reading through two of the books, I announce, “Okay, Jack, this is the last book. Then we will turn out the light and go to sleep.” The last book is read and Jack lays down while I turn off his light.
“You’ve gotta lay with me and snuggle, Mama,” Jack tells me.
“Okay, I will lay down with you for a little bit, but then you have to go to sleep and Mama goes to her bed.”
I tuck him in and lay down beside him. We snuggle and hold hands for a bit, and then I tell him goodnight and walk out. He usually tosses and turns for 20 minutes or so and then falls asleep. Occasionally he calls out for me and I go back in to reassure him that everything is okay and he can go to sleep.
I’m continually amazed that this process works. I think preparation is the key. I let him know, sometimes several times before actually doing anything, that we are going to do XYZ “soon.” Most of the time I do not even have to tell him when it’s time to do these things…he tells me HE is ready. (Lest you think he is always this easy going, a random ”okay, time to go!” will elicit tears at the drop of a hat.)
I actually feel like I know what I’m doing these days as a mom. I have my moments, of course, and I still struggle with guilt over various things, but I have Jack right there to show me that I’m doing a pretty good job. He is happy and healthy and smart and sweet and everything that I could hope to have in a kid. Bizarrely, I never prepared myself for that, and I’m totally enjoying this surprise.