This week has been very ordinary, although Winston’s behaviour has been particularly challenging. Jared and I have always tried to use a ‘firm but fair’ approach to parenting, but sometimes it is really difficult to come up with a plan of action. I find it comes in waves – one or two weeks of pushing the boundaries, then a few months later we’ll have another difficult few weeks. It has been so frustrating at times – repeating myself over and over and over again. I keep trying to remind myself that it is so important for his development…and even more so, mine. He is our parenting guinea pig after all. I do know everything will be fine, but sometimes I do have a little chuckle to myself about how naive I was before becoming a parent. It’s just full of surprises!
It’s snowed a few times this week so we have enjoyed waking up to white streets, building snowmen, eating snow (Winston) and watching it drift to the ground. Now I’m no longer a commuter – I absolutely love snow! I find it brings such serenity.
We also had a play date with some friends this week and it’s the first time I’ve seen Winston properly play with another child, other than his cousins or friends at church. It made me feel a little emotional as she was saying: “I don’t want to go home” and he was saying: “Just stay here without your Mum”. Cheeky.
We also made some play dough as our previous batch went hard. This is a now a safe activity for the three of us as Ru is no longer desperate to eat the whole lot. We used cabbage greens to dye it green but it turned out more yellow!
Both: “This is brilliant!”.
Ru: “That looks fun. I fancy grabbing that”.
Ru: “I’m going to go for it”.
Winst: “Not so fast!”
I wanted to include the last photo because the sequence displays their volatile relationship perfectly! and I love the seriousness on Winston’s face as he adamantly stops Ru from interfering.