Touching. Climbing. Exploring. Licking.
One of the things I cherish most about being around Bean is his wonder and awe at absolutely everything. His desire to test the limits of his body and his fearlessness. Where other children fear to tread my little man rushes in with a big goofy grin on his face. He’s not afraid to try new things and right now…pretty much everything is new and FREAKING AWESOME. I mean, c’mon. Did you see that transport truck? It was like WHOAH DUDE. SO BIG.
He’s a busy guy and an explorer. I have to be on my toes because he has no hesitation to climb higher or go faster than his body is ready for. Indoor playgrounds have been my blessing this winter as it gave Bean a huge and relatively safe place to play with lots of fun things to do. They are also super fun for me because I’m pretty much a kid inside and giving me free reign to run around a playground and climb up things and go down slides…well let’s just say I was also having a blast.
Sometimes I forget how small he is. He’s in 2 – 3T clothes at 20 months – he’s tall and slim with my family’s thick thighs and big feet. But then something happens and he needs to put his hand in mine and it’s still so tiny and fragile.
Temper tantrums, sleep problems, iron deficiency – it’s been a hard couple months. But through it all I try to remember that his view of the world is still so new. So tiny. That he’s watching and learning but not all of what he’s seeing is something he can do. That would be frustrating for me too! That is big personality and big emotions are spilling out of him from time to time when he’s tired or hungry or just plain not having it. He’s growing up so fast but he’s still so very small.