Saturday, January 18, 2014

Day 18: Phases

Many years ago when we were first married I got my first real job out of college as a classroom teacher at a daycare.  I saw it as something I would just do until I got my dream job as an art teacher, but the truth is that I learned much more at that job than I've ever learned anywhere.  

When I applied for the job I wanted the one-year-olds because they were so adorable toddling around the room with their drool and babbling.  Instead I was assigned to the two-year-old room where babbling was replaced with screaming, drooling was replaced with biting, and toddling was replaced with running, climbing, and jumping off of things.

Have you ever seen Toy Story 3?  All true.

But I loved it.  I spent a lot of time despising it, but now when I look back at it, I only think about loving it.  Those kids were amazing.  That age group is amazing.
From 1.5 years up to 3 years old is still my favorite baby stage. 

They're learning so much, and charming you with their fierce personalities.

Oliver is almost 18 months as of today.

Things he does that amaze me...
  • makes the sound of a horse.
  • does a little dance with his pointer fingers while swinging his hips.
  • laughs so hard whenever he thinks he's shutting me in the pantry.
  • gives big smacking kisses.
  • Yells "Papa!" whenever we turn into Dustin's parents driveway.
  • Climbs EVERYTHING.
  • wells "Mama" from his crib when he's ready to get up.  
  • does funny stuff. Everyday. Every hour.  All day long.
This guys cracks me up.

Today I am thankful for this personality-filled stage, and that I get to witness it.

The Year of Gratitude 


Pastor Jane said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

What a teachable spirit you evidence, Tiffany, both as a Mom who is learning to love each phase and as a Daughter of the Heavenly Parent (who teaches us SO much through our own kids)! Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

Amber said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I love this. I have a 2.5 year-old, and for all the moments I think, "Oh man, life was so much easier 2 years ago," there are equally as many moments that truly amaze me and make me smile.