You get used to your daily routines, the people you are with and everything in between. Three and a half years ago, when I began working from home my daily routines changed and my “people” I’m around all day changed. Instead of co-workers, I got to be around my son all day. And I have enjoyed every minute of it. Well almost every minute, not the tantrums and other bad moments every parent has with a 2-5 year old. But, we have been best friends for the most part. He did go to pre-school the last two years for a few hours a week but that became the new routine and I always knew when I’d have him back to myself.
Since our recent move things have changed and although I’m extremely happy about them, I’m also kinda sad, or even jealous in a way. Right off the bat he made a new friend with our next door neighbor. Then another kid down the street. Where we lived before we were out by ourself with no other kids around to play with. Maybe that’s why he enjoyed going to pre-school because there he had friends to play with and act his age. Now every morning he wakes me up wanting to go outside and play. He will ask for hours if its late enough yet to go knock on the neighbors door. Needless to say he is loving it here. All day he’s either playing and hanging out with his friends or his cousins which have always been like his best friends even though we were hours away and didn’t get to see them much. He had his first “non-family” sleep over and kids are in and out over here non-stop now.
As for me, I knew the time would come but I wasn’t ready for it to happen just yet. I’m not his main prioity anymore. He even turns me down when I ask if he wants to go to the store with me to play with his friends instead. Don’t get me wrong, I truely do love that he has friends to play with and his own “people” his age to hang out with. He gets to be that kid now and it warms my heart and makes this move feel right. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy not getting interrupted every five minutes while I’m working & the extra time my husband & I get alone together, but I still miss my baby.
It makes me realize my little baby boy is growing up and isn’t a baby anymore.
He’s a little boy doing little boy things like having bike races down the street and nerf gun fights, playing video games that he doesn’t have to beg me to play with him, jumping on the trampoline and laughing and just having fun. He goes and stays at his mamaws house with his cousins or at their house and when he’s away and I talk to him on the phone he sounds so grown up. The last couple weeks I’ve stolen him a couple days and kept him all to myself, at least for a few hours each time to go swimming and to the park etc., things that I know he loves doing.
I miss my little baby, my buddy, but I’m proud of the little boy he’s becoming and looking forward to watching him grow. If only time would slow down a little, that would be nice. I’m not ready yet…
All us ladies always love a little pampering when we can get it, right? Well, my 5 year old was determined the other night to pamper me. I of course was all for it. I had just had a shower and was getting ready to brush my hair out so I could dry it and he wanted to do it for me. So he stood up on the toilet seat and he combed through my hair. He’d talk as he did it and move it from side to side saying things like “yep that looks good, and just a little more over here”. He didn’t want to stop so I told him he could do it some more after I blow dried it.
After drying my hair he directed me to my bed to lay down so he could brush it some more. It’s easier for him to reach when i’m laying down. So off we went to my room. He then told me to look the other way for a minute. He walked around to his daddy’s side of the bed and grabbed his backscratching stick/hand and told me to lay still. Sure why not I thought. I’d love a good back massage.
So he brushed my hair along with more talking to himself about how he was fixing it and massaged my back. I was so sweet of him and actually pretty relaxing. He then told me to close my eyes and he’d be right back. My bathroom door is by my side of the bed and I heard him go in there and get into a draw. At first I thought he might be trying to get a ponytail holder or something to hold my hair back the way he fixed it. But I knew there weren’t any in the drawers and I could hear him coming back. So I had to peak to see what he had gotten and I’m SO glad I did when I seen what he was carrying…
He had gotten out my scissors and was coming to cut my hair!! OH MY! If I hadn’t looked I would’ve needed a hair dresser the next day or maybe even a wig. I love my child and how thoughtful he can be and I know he was just trying to pamper and take care of his mommy but I no longer trust kids if I can’t see what they are getting. Ha!
One thing that always seems to bring a smile is listening to a child. Children can be so serious and yet so funny at the same time. They think they know what they are talking about which makes it even funnier.
We travel a lot and some trips my child will sleep but others are full of questions, thoughts and things he think he knows. Here are a few of the sayings and conversations of our recent travels:
1. Me: Hey look at that old truck over there in the lane next to us…
Jax: Oh yeah, that must be from like the 90’s!
(Um more like the 60’s ha! I guess to him the 90’s is a long time ago but how does he even know anything about “the 90’s” to say that?)
2. Jax: What is an Anniversary?
Me: It’s like your birthday, it’s a certain day every year of when something happened. Like the day you got married.
Jax: So what do you do on your anniversary?
Me: Whatever you want to do I guess.
Jax: So when I get bigger for my anniversary I can go to Toys R Us?
Me: Well,… I guess you could if you really wanted to. lol
3. Jax: Hurry up, they are leaving now. You have to follow them home so we know where they live.
Me: No baby we can’t.
Jax: But why not? Hurry, they are leaving and we are going to lose them!
Me: Because that is considered stocking… (Yep that started a whole new conversation.)
4. While listening to the radio on the Hits 1 channel it got his attention when they said Hits 1.
Jax: Did they just say Hits 1? What does that mean?
Me: It means its at the top of the list of good songs.
Jax: Wow! They must be able to read our minds or something because I did like that song, part of it I did.
Today was snow day #2 this week with day #3 already called for tomorrow. My son is just in pre-school and only goes 3 hours a day M-F and that may not seem like much, but some of you moms know what a difference 3 hours can make.
When you work from home and have a 5-year-old, only child, those few hours mean that many more times he will ask you to play with him, get him a snack or a drink and come ask you random questions every five minutes. And if there is enough snow to actually play in then that is always a must! That isn’t the case this time.
So yesterday when I was able to break away from everything else, his chosing of what to play was building a train track. I even allowed him to bring it all in the living room this time by the fire and his reaction was as if he had won the lottery! #priceless
Tonight we worked on his Valentines box for his party at school. However we were informed during the middle of it that school was cancelled tomorrow and that is when his party was supposed to be. I’m sure they will reschedule it but he wasn’t very happy about that. And yes I know its last-minute to just be working on it but he couldn’t decide how exactly he wanted to do it and I had to find all the stuff to make it. It’s not finished yet but can you tell what theme it is?
Snow days can also mean a long morning cuddle without having to get ready to go anywhere. Hubby is out-of-town so Jax crawled in my bed during the middle of the night and this morning when we woke up we snuggled and just enjoyed the moment. #hesgrowingtofast
Don’t you just love infomercials? Me either, I usually fast forward through all commercials when I watch tv thanks to the lovely DVR invention. However, my son Jax who is 5, does not. And I do believe that each one stops him in his tracks to watch it just as much as the show he’s watching at a time.
Is this a bad thing? No, it actually has turned quite humorous in my house and in public for that matter. It all started with the Oxi Clean.
One day while out at the store with my son going down the laundry detergent aisle it happened. It was one of those calm before the storm quiet times when all of a sudden he noticed what aisle we were in and basically yelled out “OH! You need to get some Oxi Clean, cause it gets the tough stains out!” I couldn’t help but laugh, along with a couple other ladies in the aisle. I then asked him why he said that, knowing I was going to get a response worth hearing and he said “because that’s what the guy on tv says, don’t you want to get the tough stains out?” (All with a very serious look on his face.)
And they always throw in those ones of something that kids think they just gotta have. Jax is at the stage where if he sees something he likes, he wants it and these just add to the list.
The way he responds to them still never fails to amuse me. Just tonight the Wham-O Hamper Hoop came on and he said “Look, that is what I need. It helps me clean and I won’t even know I’m cleaning.”. (That was mentioned in the advertisement) Towards the end they were saying how it can go straight to the wash. And of course he did it again by saying “See?, it goes straight to the washer. Except ours, you will have to turn that way to get to our washer…”
Another one tonight I didn’t catch what it was but it was some kind of cleaner for the stove etc. They were talking about and cleaning burnt on food and how easy it makes it. Of course it got Jax’s attention and he said “oh my gosh, why would someone put a hole in their bowl?”.
So if you ever need to know about an infomercial or would just like some cute, fun entertainment, feel free to come watch infomercials with Jax and I guarantee you won’t leave disappointed.