So obviously I am aware of the passing of time and of the fact that Little Bear is growing up fast, but last night I made a few eBay listings that really brought it home.
For his first birthday he got a Wheely Bug which was lovingly ridden (and crashed) around the house endlessly for a while. Then the novelty wore off but it was still visited from time to time, even when he was clearly too big for it. And so, it’s now on eBay.
The second thing to be listed was his balance bike. After getting a pedal bike for his birthday this has sat forlornly in the corner gathering dust. He loved riding this, he used to go so fast and I think it has really helped his balance to develop ready for a real bike – yesterday he did his first few metres cycling on his own, daddy’s back is hoping we’ve had a break through!
So there they are, two toddler wheeled toys that are now about to leave the house for good. And left behind are the memories and the fast growing three year old who is moving on to bigger and more independent pursuits!
Now Little Bear has been three for 10 whole days he has started ask, “When will I be four???” Oh my word, one year at a time darling! Thankfully, he got thoroughly spoilt by everyone around him for his birthday so we’ve been dampening those Birthday blues by exploring his new presents.
Our stash of Orchard games has grown ever larger, and we play these daily. One particular game, Pirate Ludo, is aimed for slightly older children and I attempted to simplify it by just trying to use one playing piece each. This was met with utter disdain and so we played a full game of ludo…it took half a morning but he understood it and loved it!
We’ve been making pictures with Blo Pens too – now they were more fun than I anticipated! Although I think daddy was the real fan of these!
We’ve also been having fun outside as the weather (say it quietly) is slowly warming up. Little Bear has been practising at the park on his new bike – it’s going to take a while but he’s already getting the hang of the pedals. And we’ve been planting in his new planter, I’m just hoping he’ll remember about watering them as my track record isn’t that great!
So it looks like we’ve got plenty to be getting on with for the moment, no need to worry about turning 4 yet Little Bear!
Little Bear is pushing all sorts of boundaries at the moment
He is, generally, very well behaved but he is having moments every now and then when he challenges the boundaries he knows. He will do something, throw a toy for instance, be told not to and then do it again before saying, “Do we really do that?”, meaning “do we really not do that”. It’s all a part of learning and he never does anything too bad, and he always learns from it, he will rarely repeat an action he has been told not to do. He will also return to the event in his head and seek confirmation of what is allowed. I guess this is where consistency is so important, sending mixed messages will only confuse him.
He is also pushing his own boundaries, his confidence and independence, and his physical skills. He is increasingly happy to play away from me at groups, he is wanting to do more and more for himself, and the big climbing frames are now desired territory!
At the weekend he went in an ambulance at an open day. He walked in with 3 children, none of whom he knew, listened to the paramedic and joined in with the demonstrations – a few weeks ago we would have had to go with him. Again at the weekend he met some of our friends and within minutes was confidently jumping to the in the swimming pool to them and chatting away. And at the farm yesterday he dismissed me, he wanted to go on the big sack slide all by himself…which was a bit of a relief, it was high and fast, I wasn’t too keen!!
At 2 I imagined he would still be so dependant on me. I thought he would want me to hold his hand, to talk for him, to encourage him…and whilst it’s sometimes sad how fast he’s growing up, it also makes me incredibly proud of him!