Archive for July, 2012

His own person

July 22, 2012

Calvin understands so much and talks so well that sometimes I forget that he is not even 3 yet. He’s a real cheeky monkey though, he likes to deliberately use the wrong words so we’ll correct him. Or even better when I heard him wrongly, he takes great pleasure in telling me, in the same tone, ‘Not brushes, bushes. Mama thought it was brushes’. He’s such a cute inquisitive boy now, I can’t help but smile at his antics like the way he peers at every new thing, or lie on the ground playing with his cars and trucks.

Yesterday night, when I was putting him to sleep. He starting turning the ladybug nightlight on and off, on and off, on and off. And then he said, the lights are blinking. Then he started moving the ladybug slowly and suddenly flip it upside down. And after at, he started kicking his legs in the air to look at his shadows on the wall. It’s just so funny to see him experimenting with what he can do and what happens when he does something.

On the other hand, he’s also getting more willful and will deliberately do things that we explicitly told him not to, like pouring water out of the bath tub onto the floor. I ended up having to scold him for it which makes me feel bad after.

He’s also a big fuss pot when it comes to bed time, he keeps asking us to scratch him from his neck, to chest, back, tummy, leg……yesterday, I spent almost 4 hours just scratching/ wiping him him until I got totally fed up and ignored him. So much for sleeping early, I ended up not getting much sleep at all.

I do wish he would spend more time playing by himself though. Most of the time, either me or Johnny will be with him playing some games but I do wish I could get some things done and not have to spend the little personal time I have cleaning up, cutting up chicken or some other mundane task. Hopefully he’ll grow out of it…

And back again

July 22, 2012

We’re now back in C’ville for 2 weeks now. The trip back as pretty terrible, what with a little someone not sleeping well and didn’t want to get off his papa. We had to strap him into his own seat for take offs and landings and someone really hates small spaces and the long waits to get off/ on/ through the security checks. We landed in washington to a heat wave that almost broke the x-year record so we didn’t manage to visit the museum or zoo as we planned. At least we had a great stay at the hotel and we manage to escape the heat by hiding in the room or going to the pool.

The train ride back was delayed and the little guy who should be excited about the ride just fell asleep and wanted to be home. We managed to lug all our luggage up the trolley with him and finally we were home! The first week was pretty much a heat wave week so that was tough since we don’t have AC right now.

And finally everything is back to normal, sort of. He’s changed so much since we left though. He’s running a lot better, he talks very well now in complete sentences, he can ask us nicely for things without screaming/ shouting, he’s starting to show interest in drawing and scribbling. We went to a play group the other day and he seemed happy to be around other children. Now we just have to get through all the paperwork for his enrollment…urgh… And the thought of the co-op work I have to do isn’t something I look forward to at all. But I guess if he’s happy I’m fine with that…

I feel fortunate that we are able to spend lots of time with him, even though I’m doing a lot of domestic things unimaginable to me before we came here. All that hippy stuff like baking my own while wheat bread, whole wheat oatmeal cookies, brownies and cooking all sorts of food by scratch…I’m surprisingly contented with it.