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In the mind of a Preschooler

Tonight while I cleared away dishes and cleaned up after dinner, Z played on his own. He came to inform me that there was a monster in the front of the house. He asked me to come and see it. So I came, armed with a baseball bat.

By the time I arrived, the monster had already moved to the side landing. Quietly, I asked Z where it was hiding and I “boofed” the monster each time he pointed it out to me. He thought it was hilarious, and asked if he could try.

Then it occurred to M and I that his might give him nightmares at night so I told him that he could play with the monster for another 10 minutes because it, too, had to go home. At first he wasn’t too happy about it because he wanted to “boof” ‘the monster some more. He was also using a flashlight and M gave V one as well.

A few minutes later, he came running saying, “mommy, the monster is gone. He left already.”. I asked him to check again in the front of the house and he insists that he left already. Z got a little sad because he didnt get to say bye to him. So he decided to “call” it on his cellphone. He got off his imaginary cell finding out that the monster was coming back. So he waited with anticipation but within a few minutes the monster was not coming because he was busy at work. At that point I offered for him to write him a letter but the wouldn’t be able to read it because he was busy at work and couldn’t read it.

So, M offered to phone the monster and speak to him directly. He eventually came back and both kids were searching with flashlights. It was so cute.

This was an elaborate imaginative play that he had made up himself. I’m impressed with his pretend play skills.

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After dinner, the kids were playing on their own while I tidied up the table. (we had seafood Hotpot so there was an infinite number of things I had to move.). 6:00pm came and it’s Z’s favorite time since The octonauts comes on at that time. Of course, V watches it, too, because her brother watches it.

Z was sitting in his Diego plush chair and when V saw that, she, too, wanted to sit in a chair. So she walked over to the other playroom, in the dark, to get a wooden chair. I had to go to the basement to get her sesame street plush chair for her. She was happy.

Then I made one bowl of yogurt for them to share. That didn’t work as Z took the bowl and had it for himself. So I had to make another bowl, and together, but in their own chairs, they fed themselves plain yogurt. Yum. And watched the octonauts.

Two for two

As the holidays get closer, our schedule gets busier – seeing people and going places.

Last night was the first time we all gathered at my mom’s newly renovated place. It was gorgeous and unrecognizable. I must admit though that it was nice that mom could have all the grand kids together in the same room – in the comfort of her own home. The same home we all grew up in.

By the time we left it was already 7:30pm and it was past Vs bedtime. We did bring pjs to change the kids into just to speed things along at home. He drive home took about 30 minutes and I saw that V was getting drowsy by the way he face looked. She was quiet and just staring. And sure enough, she fell asleep before we got home.

Z was still wide awake and hungry, apparently. When we got into house he found a couple of latkes from lunch that I had left out on the kitchen counter. He wanted to eat them AND also play with new spiderman toy with web shooters. By the time he fell asleep it was 8:30pm.

Today’s schedule was also slightly off. First of all, V woke up closer to 8am, after I nursed her back to sleep around 5am. Then, brunch at our friends was a pass because the kids barely ate – bagels and cream cheese was not exactly their thing.

We left around 12:20pm and was still on the road up until about 1:00pm. V didn’t nap since she woke up later in the morning. She was so exhausted by time we left that she, AGAIN, fell asleep in the car. Z was singing loudly and being silly, whipping his mittens around, and I was worried it would keep his sister up.

But she kept sleeping. And then it just happened. It got quiet in the back and all I saw in the rear view mirror was Z’s head – STILL. He had fallen asleep. Hooray!!! It has been a while since both kids fell asleep in the car. Yay. It IS possible.

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