Growing Up: He’s Doing It Really Quickly

When we went to pick up our Kid from his grandparents last night, I took a look at him running down the stairs to meet us and I swear he’d grown overnight. His legs seemed longer, and his face seemed more boyish and less babyish. In fact, there’s hardly any baby remaining in my three year old little boy.

He’s even progressed to wearing underpants all day long. Superhero underpants. Yes, potty-training is finally making progress. He gets a star at school, for using the little toilet (they seriously have miniature toilets in this place) and when he gets home from school, he uses the potty all by himself, and calls me when he’s done. He still gets a nappy at night, but I’m sure that won’t be for much longer, either. Just as soon as I can bring myself to set my alarm for those twice-nightly wake ups to take him to the toilet.

He’s settling in at his new school, too. Last week was horrid and there were even a few moments where he clung to my clothing, tears pouring down his face, begging me not to leave him. This morning seemed better, and he gave me a kiss and a wave and ran off to play in his favourite pair of gumboots. In that way, the rain this morning was a blessing – I got to entice him to be enthusiastic about going to school, by allowing him to wear his boots – something he never normally gets to do.

After having spent a month at home with me, he was reluctant to return to school and be parted from me. In fact, he even told me as much, tearfully “mommy, I don’t want to go to my jew (new) school, I want you.”  – part of the reason for this.

His new school seems fantastic thus far – it’s much closer to home than the daymother was. The school is clean, neat, bright and beautifully decorated and the teachers are all excellent with small people. There are lots of flowers and herbs and there are rabbits running around the massive playground. They’ve got baby chicks and guinea pigs and they have baking classes and do music and soccer, and I’ve signed him up for swimming lessons, too. He’s made some new friends and seems to be adjusting well. I’m relieved.

I’m also looking forward to having more time to spend with him, more time to be involved – he’s growing really quickly and I don’t want to miss any of it.

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9 Responses to Growing Up: He’s Doing It Really Quickly

  1. getting by says:

    It is frightening how quickly they grow up, it just happens while you are not looking.

    You, and the kid, are very lucky to be able to have the arrangement you do, enjoy him while he still thinks you’re cool and doesn’t call kissing you sick 🙂
    .-= getting by´s last blog ..I’m only human after all… =-.

  2. joyanne says:

    The moments that make up a life just fly by, you’re so right to be aware of all the ‘little’ things as and when they happen. I have also tried to parent consciously and to soak in the moments which seem endless but are fleeting.

    Enjoy your boy! And that school sounds awesome – am sure he’ll be very happy there!

  3. Tania says:

    You blink and then they’re all big. He’s too sweet 🙂
    .-= Tania´s last blog ..Beginning at the end =-.

  4. flarkus says:

    Um, is that a bunch of unprotected electrical sockets in your kid’s playroom?

  5. MeeA says:

    That school sounds great! Care to share their details?
    .-= MeeA´s last blog ..What Women Want =-.

  6. The seem so big now! One thing- do not try to potty train the night thing by waking him up. You just disturb their sleep patterns. Keep the night nappy on – there is really no rush, and when he wakes in the morning you check if it’s dry. Once it is consistently dry, just take it of and do not wake at night. Just take him right before bed time.
    .-= cat@juggling act´s last blog ..The weekend report =-.

  7. kyknoord says:

    The growing thing is normal. Still, you should check to see if his grandparents have an Inquisition rack hidden in the spare room, just to be sure.
    .-= kyknoord´s last blog ..Ours later =-.

  8. Angel says:

    And he really is the cutest kid!
    .-= Angel´s last blog ..ADHD has an Up Side…! =-.

  9. cybersass says:

    jeez, he really *is* growing so fast.

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