JOURNAL OF A MOM – LEARNING TO FLY

It’s 7 AM and my son B. is wide awake. Without further ado, he’ll run to the door, press the door handle down, and dash down the hall and into the kitchen, impatiently hopping from one foot to the other saying yum yum. I’m still in bed; the boys can do without me…Obviously not today. Remember the time when I was waking B. up when he felt like sleeping in? Well, it’s the other way round now. My boy’s almost grown up and a good learner, his methods being not so subtle, though. He’s starving for my attention as I am for some extra sleep and will do everything in his power to drag me out of bed: jump all over me, sit on my face, kick and slap me, pull the sheets off the corner of the mattress, take my blanket, and sound as miserable as can be. I’ve been ignoring him for too long. You’re going to pay for this, little weasel! I put his hands over his head and hold them so he can’t move. I bite, pinch, kiss and hug him violently, which he hates when he’s not in the mood. He starts yelping and whimpering. It’s time to hug some. And hide under the blanket, shouting laaaaa, lu, lu, lu, qu-e, d-g, d-g, du da and aya, aya. And tickle. And giggle…and do butt jumps.

We’re up and heading to the kitchen. ‘Breakfast’s almost ready. B, can you pass daddy the bottle? …Thank you. Way to go, honey! Now the nipple…’ B. sees his fruit smoothie is not there yet and kicks the sink in frustration. ‘No! No!’ He hurls himself to the ground, screaming and rolling furiously on the floor. ‘B, take it easy. You’ll have it shortly.’ ‘No, no, no!!!!’ The collar is screwed onto the bottle, securing the nipple in place. ‘Here you are.’ He’ll grab the bottle hastily, open his mouth real wide, and, holding it with both hands, gulp his morning drink down in the blink of an eye. The tummy’s full and he’s smiling again.

My advice to people when meeting my almost two and a half year old son is to be careful what they do or say to him since he can go from wow’s and yay’s to ‘heated arguments’ (no no, no, no, no!) quicker than you can count from 1 to 3, let alone 4. To say that he becomes sad or upset if he can’t get something done right away would be an understatement of epic proportions. Desperation, more like it. Can’t open something? Despair. Can’t close something? Despair. Any other difficulty? Despair. However, kids are spot-on so eating or staring at TV or going into silent mode to avoid confrontation is not their way of dealing with a problem. Regardless of their reactions, they learn from their mistakes, unlike adults, and rarely give up. You have to appreciate their roll-up-your-sleeves attitude, whatever the outcome. Rest assured they’ll go back to what made them angry in the first place sooner or later. You may end up with a few gray hairs along the way, but hey…whatever makes them happy.

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It has been a challenge to keep B. busy and get him interested. Luckily, he has recently started playing with his toys (it was about time!) and, most importantly, alone so I don’t have to follow his every step like before. Despite this, once he gets bored, which is pretty much every 2 minutes, he wants to be in the spotlight again. He’s a natural showman and is never nervous or timid when on stage. Give him a thumbs up, and an approving smile, and he’ll be more than thrilled he did great.

B. enjoys going for a walk. Even if it means strolling around the apartment, he’d grab your hand so as to go places at least 1000 times per day. If I’m busy doing something, he’ll pull on my pants. If I dare to ignore him or not pick him up when he wants me to, he’ll resort to pushing my buttons, playing with a sugar/coffee jar and throwing things around.

He likes to empty crayon containers and toy boxes onto the carpet, and get on top of the desk, throwing down everything he finds there. Lately, I’ve been on a quest to find new ways to keep him busy. Straws and an empty water bottle is one of them. I give him a cup full of colorful straws and a bottle and he knows what to do. His little fingers take the straws and drop them through the mouth of the bottle, his tongue sticking out. Every now and then, he’ll stop doing what he’s doing to suck the bottle or put the straws in his mouth and chew. The bottle is full, but how on earth are we supposed to empty it now?! Concentrating…frowning…moaning…counting to 10. 1, 1.5…Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!! Frustration sets it again. I help him pour the straws out so that we can load them in again. It’s fun. In spite of losing it a few times, this may keep him happily engaged for a near record-breaking 5 minutes.

Playing with real cooking spoons, pots and plastic bowls is priceless. Just give him the real thing and he’ll keep quiet for as long as you want him to. Lastly, scooping and pouring small items, preferably beads or buttons, is yet another game he takes great pleasure in. But, since mom is worried he might put them in his mouth, she’d set out a bowl or tray of macaroni, and show him how to scoop, transfer, and pour them into another bowl. He’ll eventually pick up the container and turn out the contents on the floor so I’ll be the one to count to 10. Smiling and counting.

Author: Blogging_with_Bojana

I'm diggin' Need to grow, have to push Flicking through vinyl and feeding the rush I dig for that one and I open the haunt It's takin' all day from the back to the front I'm diggin' and diggin' You know Sorry baby I'm gone diggin' www.bloggingwithbojana.com

97 thoughts on “JOURNAL OF A MOM – LEARNING TO FLY”

    1. I missed them too and once I realized there was lots of new stuff to tell, I’m back in the saddle.
      You’re laughing, while I have a grin on, with macaroni on the desk, between my books, on the sofa, under the sofa, in the bathtub, in the kitchen sink….Should I go on?! Soooo, the hoover’s on (and Sex Pistols. I need sth loud to vent).

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  1. Oh, how I miss those days. It’s hard to get my B to play with the pots and pans these days 😂.

    I LOVE reliving them through you. ❤️❤️

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  2. I can totally relate, even though my son‘s 5. Every day I can look forward to getting jumped on for a couple hours. Good work! Your son will appreciate you getting down these fragments of your life with him when he’s older.

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  3. Funny how every family is different and each has its ‘house style’. I never experienced this at all. It was all frantic activity, like living with a nest of squirrels, but I never had anyone rolling on the floor for attention. Maybe they just understood I wouldn’t even have noticed 🙂

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  4. Good morning dear Bo and thanks for this nice article. I liked scrolling down your kitchen adventures with your own “terrible two” kid ( we all went through something similar, dear) but what really left me flabbergasted was that beautiful drawing. How delicately simple, yet informative at the same time. The message is visually clear for clever people ( like all your readers) to see. Yes, we must nurture our kids until they can develop that red crest themselves….If only you could be a little bit more “avaricious” with your words in the articles. I’m exhausted as I had to drink a whole thermos of “mate amargo” while I read your tirade. Off to heat more water in the kettle. Well, are you ignoring my article on “addiction to sex” today? I can understand you might be a little too tired of moi. Congratulations on being THE FIRST PERSON to read and comment all my blogs of the “emotional frustration” series. Only a woman can do it.
    Un baccione. A posto!

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    1. Hey dear,
      It’s 10pm and I just got back home. Tired and sleepy. You don’t need to remind me of your posts, since I always catch up. Speaking of which, you missed my previous one (you do have to be reminded as you oftentimes do). If you feel exhausted after reading my journal of a mom, where the language is deliberately simple to imitate child’s simplicity, wait till you read (start reading) my Noise in Fashion. I bet you’re gonna need several thermoses of you fine drink.
      As for your suggestion, no, thank you. I have no intention of changing my style so you better get used to you.

      I’m so glad you like the drawing. You’re the first person to comment on it and thank you for it. It hangs in my apartment (looking at me) and is a reminder of a wonderful holiday spent in Quebec. The artist is Benjamin Chee Chee, a Canadian who belonged to a group of indigenous peoples. He namely lost track of his mother, and spent lots of years searching for her. His pictures, characterized by minimalism and often showing animals, were an attempt to reconnect with her. He did find her eventually but ended up killing himself in jail. He was 33.

      Have a nice WE, dottore.

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    1. For him too, I’m sure. We think we’re gonna remember these moments and yet I know we’ll forget so much. This is my way of staying connected with our past. I want to read to remember.
      Long time no see. How are you doing? Everything ok, Aixa?

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      1. Lol! 😆 You’ve read correctly – not an error! I often think I should walk around with their birth certificates to show proof that I’ve birthed them! And not walking around looking like a full time nanny. It’s ok I’ll wait till the initial shock settles 😊

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      2. One is a walk in the park! I’m not a fan of Snow White, I’m more of a Belle fan 😆 But then again Belle didn’t have anyone to care for?! 7 is too much of an odd number, maybe 8, what’s 2 more?! 😊

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  5. Such a lovely post that had such warm feels to it. Enjoyed it! Regardless of their reactions, they learn from their mistakes, unlike adults, and rarely give up! Maybe!

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