Friday, January 11, 2013

A Day of Focus

The way this week ended up is making me rethink my routine...again...

Between going to the grocery yesterday and having a house showing this morning I made it back home in time for lunch with nothing really left on my agenda. So how did we fill our day?

We went to the pet store during the showing and Ayden's face completely lit up when he saw every different kind of animal. It was like each and every one was the most amazing thing he had ever seen. Now I totally get why parents almost always give in when their child wants a new pet. It was so heart warming and cute.

When we got home we had lunch and then...played. I spent the day crawling around with Ayden, reading to him, going up and down the stairs, reading some more, dancing and clapping to music, snuggling and whatever else he wanted to do. It was so wonderful that I have now declared Fridays my "off" day where I put down my phone, close the computer, shove the To Do's aside and become super present and available to Ayden. I don't want it to sound like I'm not present on all of the other days but I just think it is important, especially now that he is becoming a toddler, that we really make it a point to set aside time where the world around us is out on pause. I soaked up every giggle and smile and enjoyed the low stress level of the day.

Ayden's listening ears are growing! He follows the "put it in" direction without fail and even left something alone when I asked him not to touch it. That one was pretty huge! He is babbling up a storm and currently seems to enjoy exploring /s/ sound combinations.

He is back on a go to bed late, wake up late, take one late nap schedule. The last couple of times it worked itself out so I'll give it a couple more days (to let us sleep in over the weekend) before trying to shift it back. We prefer a go to bed at 8, wake at 8, take 2 naps at 12 and 4 schedule. Ayden seems to thrive best on it and it is to what we are most accustomed. I have heard that some children shift to one, longer afternoon nap around this age so if that's what he's ready for we'll go with it. This waffling might be him transitioning but only time will tell.

I got up and got ready while Ayden slept in today.
TGIF! We are having pizza (Paleo of course) and movie night! What are your Friday plans?


1 comment:

  1. I love reading about your Little Man! I wish I could make myself take one day a week & declare it a day off. I know my kids need it but it seems there is ALWAYS something that comes up that prevents it. Glad you all had such a great day.

    I spent my Friday night at Church & frankly I can't think of anything else I would have rather been doing.

    Have an awesome weekend!!!