Thursday, August 28, 2008

Growing Pains

My son will be 15 months old on September 2. He is, of course, a fairly typical boy. Animal sounds, car sounds, airplane sounds, that sort of thing.

I have always heard that boys are harder to potty train, take longer, etc. Well, not here. So far it is the same as the girls. He has shown lots of interest in potty things at the same age, right after 12 months. For weeks now he will try to take off his diaper if he has to go potty or has just gone (thankfully not with #2). When I change his diaper and he resists the next one, I ask him if he wants to go potty. He usually jumps up and toddles off to the bathroom. He usually doesn't do much while we are there, but I praise him for trying.

I have set him on the potty first thing in the morning and caught his pee, just like with the girls. He was just as happy as they were to say Bye Bye and watch it swirling down the big toilet. The only main challenge I see so far is the boys standing up to pee thing. It would not be a situation at all if there were any potties his size. Or if we lived outside, ha ha. I have seen cutesy things people try to sell, and have been slightly tempted. Things such as the Wee Man Training Urinal. I have read and heard stories about coffee cans, cheerios in toilets, letting him watch his daddy, ha ha. The only thing I know is that he will potty train, no matter how long it takes. As with the girls, there will be no stress or time limits involved. Things will come out ok in the end, they always do.

During his bath today, he showed great interest in a simple bar of soap. After I showed him how, he happily washed his little belly. So cute. I was thinking it was almost time to cut his hair for the first time as I washed his wispy brown hair. It is starting to flip up in the back, just like the girls' hair did.

Yesterday, he had his first raisins. He clearly said, "Yum." He has a small vocabulary of almost recognizable words, some more clearly said than others. As with the girls, the use of baby sign language has helped with things like please, more, eat, drink, thank you. He now has 8 teeth, and is working on some molars, I think.

It is amazing how fast babies grow into children. My first baby is 7 and in the second grade. She dresses like Hannah Montana, and sings True Friend. She has declared long ago favorites Dora and Blues Clues as baby shows. She is not quite a tween, but she sure is pushing hard in that direction.

My second baby girl has declared that she is ready for school at age 4. She practices spelling words, and surprises me daily with her enthusiasm. She works complex puzzles and has the patience and desire to color very detailed pictures. Though her features are still baby-like, as well as some of her behavior, she is growing into such a big girl.

I have much joy in watching my children learn new things and grow. The only hard part is for me, knowing that it will all be over so fast. That I will be working myself out of a job, that they will grow up to be strong and independent people without me. It makes me wonder what the future will hold. What will I be when I finally grow up?


Long-Hair Daddy said...

Touching post. Exceptional children. Lovely mother.

Motherkitty said...
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Motherkitty said...

So now you know how I felt watching you and your brother grow and move away from me and your father!

Take heart, daughter, as you will always be a mother to your children (lovely as they are). The measure of your worth as a mother will be in your children's independence and intelligence, and their ability to manage their lives in a meaningful way. (Aren't you and your brother good examples?)

I know, it's sad seeing them grow up so fast. In a way you want them to outgrow their baby-ness and be more independent to give you time for yourself. On the other hand, you measure yourself by how much they need you.

As a grandmother, I love and appreciate my grandchildren so much and take joy that you are doing such a good job with them.

Love you.

Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Your post was very touching and I loved the comments from your dear husband and your sweet mother...they said it all.

Jellyhead said...

It's a beautiful thing to read how lovingly you write about your children.

You are doing such an important job so well.

Mama Lamba said...

Very Sweet, Alipur. My first baby will be driving in 2 years--ACK! How did that happen? But it is such a joy to watch her tend her sibs so lovingly. Makes you think of that Lion King song--"Cirrrrrcle of Liiiiiiiife..."
Your little ones are precious.