Friday, March 06, 2009

two peas

Sometimes I am genuinely scared to have another child. Baby G has been such a breeze thus far--I have been spoiled, and I know that my odds of getting another go-with-the-flow, make-my-life-so-easy kind of kid are slim. Perhaps one of the reasons that we get along so well is that he is so much like me. His personality mirrors mine (and his daddy's really-- we are all very much alike), and I think that makes it easy on me because chances are if I want to do something, Baby G probably would enjoy it, too (except for blogging. Baby G does NOT like me to spend time on the computer). Anyway, we really are two peas in a pod. 

 
He has my eyes, and even though he is starting to look more and more like his daddy, I love that I can see some of me in him.

He loves watching basketball (or any sport with balls). I love that we can continue to do things we like and Baby G can just come along (though we did need to have snacks in tow. And lest you think I am a perfect mother you should know that by the 4th quarter the strawberries and chocolate milk had deteriorated into Red Vines and gummy worms).

He entertains himself so I can get things done around the house or get ready for the day. I often find him in his room on the rocking chair reading a book. (Don't get the wrong idea completely, though. I also often find him in the living room throwing balls at my decorations, but hey, at least I can get ready, right?)

He eats whatever I eat. He loves the mahi-mahi with brown rice from Rumbi, an I LOVE that I don't have to order something yucky just so Baby G can share it with me.
He also eats veggie pizza like a pro. 
But he sometimes picks off the spinach.
One more little thing: he sends himself to his room if he does something naughty. I have reserved time-outs for situations where I have already given him a warning not to do something and he still does it (that is how I was able to keep my Christmas tree ornaments on the tree this past year). Time-out consists of me taking him to his room, sitting him on the floor, shutting the door and leaving for about 15 seconds. Any longer than that and he will forget why he is there and it will lose any effectiveness. When I go back in his room I talk to him about what happened and he says sorry and gives me a hug and we go on our merry way. This has been VERY effective and I have actually only had to do it 3 or 4 times. Anyway, the other day we were playing in my bedroom and he found a glass cup that had about an inch of water left in it from the night before. He picked it up and started drinking it and then casually threw the glass to the floor, spilling the remaining water on the carpet. I quickly went over to him and told him that it wasn't okay to throw cups when he was done with them. He said, "Okay, Mama," and that was going to be the end of it (because it's not like he has disobeyed or anything, I hadn't told him not to throw the cup). Instead he looked at me with earnest eyes and said, "Room?" I said, "You don't need to go in your room, just don't throw the cup again." But he insisted, "Room." So I said, "If you think you need to go to your room you can, but it's okay if you stay here with me if you want." He quickly turned and ran to his room and shut the door. I was giggling to myself and had to go in and see if he really was in self-imposed time-out or if he just went in to play. Sure enough, he was sitting in the middle of the room with his little arms folded just waiting for me to come tell him it was okay. I love this little boy and I hope that his conscience stays this active his whole life.

8 comments:

The Osborns said...

that was a REALLY sweet post. it makes me want a little boy! :) claire still does that with time outs sometimes. isn't it so sweet?

you are such an amazing mommy. your boys are lucky to have you.

wessara said...

Haha! The time out thing is funny! I have to say I think he looks EXACTLY like you! So dont be sad he is looking less like u! Good for him for liking Mahi Mahi.... I find that not so edible! He is a cutie for sure!

Mama Janet said...

Darling baby! He is looking so much like John to me when he was that age.

Jo, a retired teacher said...

You are lucky, he sounds so sweet. I loved the pictures of him with the books. Enjoy every single minute....they go by so fast.

Jess and Derek said...

Wow, I think we can all only hope that our children will be so well behaved! I also hope my kids will be fans of those same foods- where'd you get that veggie pizza? It looks yummy...

Mandy and Roger Woodhouse said...

beautiful pictures Liz. :) I love the water/cup story. How good. I think I will start implementing the time-out thing.. but, honestly, I do not know how it will go.

Jessica said...

You can watch Addie for a day if you want. If you can handle her, you can handle anything! I think she is the exact opposite of George. She is super naughty and exhausting. Good thing she was't my first, or I probably wouldn't have had any more kids. Needless to say, I am pretty sure we are done with kids. But you never know. Good thing she is cute! Thats what I tell myself everyday!

Katrina said...

Hi Liz, I haven't checked your blog in a long time. Had to tell you how impossibly adorable your boy is. I can't believe he sent himself to his room! What a doll!