Being this Kid’s mom has been an absolute breeze lately.
He gets home from school in the afternoon, and I get asked for a “smooch and a hug” (ie: I don’t have to pin him to the ground and wrestle a hug and kiss out of him) – he tells me he missed me. He cuddles with me on the couch, and asks me to bath with him or shower with him, when it’s time to get clean. He “helps” me in the kitchen and he likes picking up clothes and putting them in the wash basket. He loves it when I let him use the microwave or the washing machine.
He plays outside by himself, in the garden. Chasing the dogs or riding his motorbike. All that he asks is that I sit with him and watch him. So he can have those “look mommy, look at me” moments.
He begs his dad to watch Ben 10 in the afternoon, which secretly pleases The Boyfriend, because he loves Ben 10 too. He begs to watch Thundercats. Best of all, he’s given up on Astro Boy. And moved onto Over The Hedge. Which is not *that* bad, yet.
If he wakes up before us in the morning, he’ll play quietly in his bedroom until we’re up, and then he’ll come through and ask for milk and ask to climb into bed and lie with me. At night, when he drinks his milk before bedtime, he usually has a cuddle with The Boyfriend – finishes his milk and then asks to “lie with daddy, just a little bit longer please, mommy.” And then after five minutes, he kisses us both good night and climbs into his bed.
I tuck him in, give him another kiss and he closes his eyes and goes to sleep. Just like that. No issues. No crying, no whining, no shouting.
He eats all his dinner and asks for more. He reminds me to give him his vitamins. He tells me when he needs his nappy changed and he says please and thank you. Often.
How did this happen? How did the screaming, pouting, sulking toddler I had not so long ago – the one that only listened if i raised my voice – turn into such a well-behaved little boy?
Can I keep him, please?