As a mother with four children who have all gone through (or are almost done going through) the toddler phase, I never thought I’d be happy to hear any of them utter the word “no.” As a matter of fact, it’s a word I hear far too much of in various contexts from various children at various points throughout each and every day.
Yeah, I never thought I’d want to hear “no.”
It’s funny how life surprises you sometimes.
Moose never had the typical toddler “no” phase. Since he wasn’t talking at the age most children start testing boundaries with that word, he couldn’t say it, and since he’s also a very easy-going guy (in some respects, anyway), he never really seemed to miss saying it.
But, lately, he’s learned to answer our questions with “yes” or “no.” (Never throw an open-ended question at him, though–heaven only knows what response you’ll get!) At first, they were just normal, brief answers, but he’s growing more emphatic, especially with his “nos.” When he doesn’t want something, doesn’t want to go somewhere, doesn’t want to do something, he *really* lets you know. Sometimes in quality (the louder the better!), sometimes in quantity (he actually has a very cute way of stringing together several no-no-nos!), but always with gusto.
And, as frustrating as it can be to hear even more “nos” in my my day, it’s also wonderful, because it means that Moose is taking one more step towards doing normal “kid stuff.” And that’s really all I want for him, even if it means a bit more contrariness!
I feel like that’s all I’ve been doing since Christmas…catching up. Catching up on the cleaning (still not really done), catching up on laundry (which is *never* done!), catching up on bills (almost let a few of those sneak by me in all the busyness–oops), catching up on sleep (not a chance!).
Now we’re back to school, and we’re catching up on that, too. We had almost five full weeks of special units before our two week Christmas vacation, so it feels like there’s a lot we have to reach back and remember, including what our normal routine looks like. I know it won’t take long before we’re fully into things again, but right now, it just feels like everything is a bit off.
We did have a wonderful Christmas, and a wonderful few weeks of school leading up to Christmas. I hope to share some of my Christmas school experiences later this week, but catching up on blogging is pretty far down on my list of things to do–the Christmas decorations being put away is my next big task!