Jun 27, 2008

Umma got run over by a 2 yr old

Wow - I'm exhausted! Happy, but exhausted! I've had 2 yr old sweet grandson, Brayden, with me for 4 days in a row, 7am to 5:30pm, and my goodness, why can't they make energy proportionate to age. That little guy uses up more energy in 15 minutes than I do in the entire day. But my oh my, we had a great time together and I wouldn't trade it for the world. I discovered the best way to spend the day with Brayden is to maintain a fairly firm schedule. So here is how our days went: 7am - Brayden arrives, goodbye to Mom, make a list of what we're going to do that day 7:15 - 8:00 - Eat breakfast, help me fix Jeff's lunch, feed the fish and cat 8:00 - 8:30 - Brayden plays with Jeff, then we see Jeff off to work 8:30 - 9:00 - Play outside, ride his bike, play in the puddle at the end of our driveway 9:00 - 10:00 - House work (he vaccuums or sweeps, helps load the dishwasher, helps clean bathrooms (!), gets a Clorox wipe and cleans kitchen appliances and table 10:00 - 12:00 - Out* 12:00 - 12:30 - Lunch 12:30 - 2:30 - Nap 2:30 - 3:30 - Basement playroom (his larger toys are down here) 3:30 - 4:30 - Outside (pool or just playing in water) 4:30 - 5:00 - Snack, movie or book 5:00 - 5:30 - Transition over to Mom *Our trips out this week included going to the library, going to the car wash (the kind where you get out and watch through windows as the car goes through the wash - Brayden loved this), going to a playground, and going on a hike in the woods at a local park. Brayden is really working on learning new words and sentence structure now. He is amazing. He is putting full sentences together, using verbs and prepositions as well as nouns and pronouns! And he is fascinated with math - counting, adding, taking away. We got out some dominoes this week to just stack up and play with, and he preferred to count the dots on the dominoes. Here's a little movie of him doing so! (Notice his shirt - "No" means ask Grandma!) My house looks like World War III hit it, I'm behind on grocery shopping, coupon clipping and laundry, my garden has weeds as tall as my grandson -- and I don't care. This little boy is going to be grown before we know it, so my priority right now is being with him and enjoying every second of it!


Lisa said...

I love how Brayden runs away afterward! Looks like a very active little boy - can't wait to see him at the end of July!

Nona Nita said...

Brayden is adorable. I hear you about the energy required to keep up with them. But I also hear you when you say it is well worth it. the night before my grandaughter comes for the day, I make sure I go to bed early. Four days in a row? God bless you!