Some days, children can drive you mad, can’t they? The other day, my little two were completely out of sorts and took turns crying much of the day. It was tough. But then you have the days they do all sorts of lovely little things. One of my favourite things about being a mum is witnessing their discovery of the world around them and how their personalities evolve. I want to document some of these things, so here’s what happened this week in my family.
Beanie (age 5y10m)
I mentioned here that we’ve got a periodic inspection coming up, so we’re doing bits and pieces to prepare for that. One thing is to get some weeding done, which has been shamefully neglected lately. Mostly it was me weeding and Beanie talking about how ‘he’ had filled his bucket up. He disappeared to find the trowel and came back without it, but instead returned with two glasses of iced water, “because I thought you might be hot and like a cold drink of ice and water.” Thoughtfulness and hospitality growing right there in my garden, alongside the weeds.
Earlier that same day we had had some friends over for morning tea, and he and his friend and all the siblings were playing outside while we parents spent some time together. We looked outside to see them pouring water on each other and were told that they were playing the washing feet game, “like the lady in the Bible who washed Jesus’ feet.” Oh my heart.
Talbot (age 2y2m)
Coming home in the car the other day, Talbot counted all the way up to 11. I’ve never heard her count past four. We were just sitting there listening and with every number, we got more and more excited. Perhaps the coolest thing is that it was Beanie who taught her how to do that. She hasn’t been able to count in sequence again and just rattles off numbers at random, but it was a great moment.
Talbot loves to sing and is starting to make up songs and rhymes in a pattern. One song she made up, which seems to be on repeat is “mummy go bed, night night, mummy go bed”, then repeat with the next name. The other funny one was hearing her after she’d woken from her nap singing “let go beach”. She’s definitely an outdoor girl.
The sweetest discovery of late has been shadows. She noticed them the other night while on her changing table, and asked “what dat?” She was very excited to tell daddy about ‘shallow’ puppets. I have no talent whatsoever in this department and am only good for a dog and a duck, but she thought it was brilliant. Every time she sees a shadow now, she points it out with great excitement.
Edgar (age 5m)
Finally, Edgar has learned to roll both ways. She leaned to roll from back to tummy quite a while ago, but would always get stuck. She’s now figured it out, and is loving being able to roll around and is enjoying being on her belly now that she knows how to get off it. She’s doing her Sphinx pose and her caterpillar pose (bum up in the air). I feel like I’ll blink and she’ll be crawling before I know it.
We’ve also recently discovered that she loves to be scared. Her uncle was playing ‘boo!’ with her, and the more scary and unexpected it was the more she laughed and laughed. He’d hide, and her eyes would open wide with anticipation, and then the laughter would erupt. It’s the first time I’ve heard her laugh like that for so long, and it was so sweet a sound!
None of this is any different to what any other kid does.
I’m well aware that my kids are no better and no more clever than any other kid but it’s still so lovely to watch them learn about the world around them, and get to know their blossoming personalities. And I’m really glad I have an outlet to record these sorts of things, because in real life I’m terrible with a journal.
// Tell me what your favourite kid moments have been in the comments. X //