Friday, October 21, 2011
That's my kid, in a jean jacket, headed to his first day of a preschool daycare program. He is just too cool. I should have popped his collar. Aaron won't be going to this school full-time, or even part-time really. It's more like a drop off basis type thing. But Grandma & Grandpa were out of town for the week to celebrate Grandma Yvette's birthday (Happy Birthday Momma!) so we needed a back up. And luckily were I live currently there is one right across the street. They take kids from infants up to 12 years old for before and after school daycare as well as all day care that includes playtime and curriculum. They even throw in some Spanish and Potty Training! Woot! Of course, by throw in I mean more like I just paid $191 for 3 full days of care. And THAT, my friends, is WHY he won't be going full-time.
It is a great back up and resource to have and he seemed to like it, though I'm sure he thinks of it more as play time than anything. But it's something new for him and it gets him to socialize with other kids, keeps his brain working on new things and I'm sure (hopefully) they do a lot more activity than we do with him since on our days off we just want to relax. But his Grandpa & Grandma take him on adventures like the story time at the library which he loves. In fact, the teacher at the school said Aaron knew most of the stuff they were going over so he was able to join right in. :) Hooray for reading to him since he was a baby! He loves his books. In fact, he has a Blues Clues video that he watches where Blue reads Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and I kept telling him I would buy it for him once I found it. The other day we were at "the circle market" (aka Target) and there it was! I think Aaron saw it as soon as I did and he immediately started "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! Will there be enough room?". He would not let go of the book once it was in his hands!
This of course, doesn't bother me at all and I never consider books as toys or "gifts" in the sense that he has to ask for them as a special treat because every kid should have books! Now toys, that's a whole other issue. Frankly, his bedroom is more like a playroom with more toys than furniture but as the only small child in the immediate family -- it's to be expected I guess, right? But since birthday #3 and Christmas are coming up and just wanna put this out there -- he has plenty of toys! He does grow out of clothes constantly, however and is now wearing between a 3 and 4 Toddler. He's also a size 9 Extra Wide in shoes. PS - he now comes to my waist. Granted, I'm only 5' but still. It's a bit daunting to see your (almost) 3 year old be almost half your height already.
Aaron is still naked potty trained for the most part, but we are practicing with underwear more often and that's still hit and miss. On his big boy bed, well....... Being with Grandpa & Grandma for a week while Josh and I were on vacation in Myrtle Beach, SC meant that he got to sleep with Grandpa & Grandma in their bed and that put us back a notch or two. So now we're working again on getting him to sleep on his own in his own bed again. Having a toddler use you as a head pillow while simultaneously kicking your husband in the kidney (Ow! My pancreas!) and smacking you in the face is not a good way to sleep my friends. Not At All.
But this boy, this boy is a crack up. He as learned that saying "What the hell?" gets a funny reaction out of adults so he's been using that phrase quite a bit more often. He still loves his singing and dancing. He still falls asleep faster to Dave (Matthews Band) faster than mostly anything else. He is still really into The Cars movie and practically every day asks his dad "Can we go to the circle market and get another toy?". Right now we're on the hunt for Flo & Ramone! And a kid friendly cd player/radio because he loves music. And momma's gonna teach him to shake his booty!
Life with Aaron is wonderful.
The rest of our adult life is stress and work and bills and debts and chores and everything else YOU are also going through. And today, if I wasn't before (I totally was), I am now most definitely the 99%. But this blog isn't about that so .......
I'll just say again life with Aaron is wonderful. He reminds us to love, to smile, to dance to sing, to laugh.
If you ever need a reminder, just let me know and I'll send you a picture of Aaron!