I have loved watching Lucas play imaginatively lately. Sometimes I will catch him doing something and I sort of spy on him, careful not to interrupt his play. The other day he was “doing the dishes” – standing on the chair in the kitchen and as I came downstairs to check on him, I wait for a minute or two on the stair, watching and listening to him. He’s acting just like me. If it is any indication that your children watch you and listen to you, my golly, this is it.
He’s not even doing the dishes. Just standing there and looking out at the table. “Be nice or you are going to go in time out!” And then he starts doing this laugh. Does he think that’s how I laugh?? I hear some jibberish and words through the toddler language and then I make my way to him. I ask him what he’s doing and he replies, “I’m just doing the dishes.” The counter is covered in soap and water and his mouth is colored in red’s and green’s, which I notice are from M & M’s that are now missing from the trail mix jar.
He’s been doing a lot of role play with taking care of his babies. Anything, like a book or a stuffed animal or a car …. he will pretend to put a diaper on it, put it in his bed (or on the floor, the chair, or in his brothers bed) and say “night night! See you in the morning.” He’ll close the door and a couple minutes later, “Good Morning! You woke up!” It’s just so cute.
Everything he says is a great reminder to me, to watch my tone, my actions and my words. When I see him go over to his brother and say “are you okay, honey?” I know he is picking up on my gentle and kinds words and actions. And again, when I hear him spurt words out like “time out!” in capital letters and “be nice!” I know he sees the meaner words and actions, too.
Kids are like sponges. Yeah, heard that before.
I’ve been sort of doing an “experiment” with my boys and cows milk. They have been having some (sorry to be gross here, but it’s a parenting blog, so all goes) seriously nasty smelling poop. Not only that, but runny, almost diarrhea like poop. Not normal, right? So I decided to not give them cows milk for two days and see what happens. I mean, Lucas has never had a reaction to milk that I’ve known of, but since Joshua is still new to cows milk, I’m trying to figure out if he’s having a reaction to it or what.
So with two days and no milk, there was no poop.
THEN. Joshua has cows milk in his oatmeal – not much! – and 20 minutes later I am changing a runny poop. Same goes for Lucas. So I’m trying to figure out what this means. Is his body still adjusting to new milk or is he allergic in some way? Are runny poops bad? Or does it make much of a difference?
Anyways. Bet you’re glad you read the blog today.
Here’s to the weekend!!