Tuesday, August 16, 2011
The Terrific Twos!
Wow. Raf is growing fast and is actually a bit of a monkey - as all 2 year olds should be. He is such a funny boy and has such a fun sense of humour. Yesterday we drove down to MA to visit the Ikea store they have there. We planned to leave in the morning to time some of the drive with Raf's nap.. well, of course this didn't work out quite as planned. He was tired as we went into the store and whilst it was a bit challenging, he still was funny as we walked around the showroom. At one point he climbed on a showroom bed and tucked himself in by pulling the duvet up to his neck and lying down!
Here are a few new things...
1) When we walk the dogs in the evening, Raf INSISTS on walking the dogs himself. It is very funny to see as he is just deliriously happy as he drags the poor pups around, but that happiness can dissolve into despair if a) the dogs don't do what he wants, b) he drops the lead, c) a car comes and we grab his hand/pick him up. Today he was almost inconsolable as a cyclist went by and Sammy started barking like a lunatic... Screaming child and yapping dog. What happened to our nice relaxing evening walks.
But look at how cute they all are!
2) As regular readers know, Raf does adore his trains. Right now, though, he loves an audience as he plays with them. Alas, the trainset it set up in the spare bedroom and when he wants you to watch him (ALL the time) he has a new thing whereby he grabs your hand - or, if a hand is not available, a skirt, trousers, etc) and runs - dragging you along after him. He is VERY insistent.
3) At any given moment Raf is a second away from desperate sadness.. well, not really, but he does give a good impression when he really wants something but it's not forthcoming. It's a little bit heartbreaking and I have to admit that I have engaged in a lot of lazy parenting lately to deal with these outbursts. I need some extra strategies when he has a really hard time coping with his strong emotions. Honestly I would say he is on the pretty mild side of tantrums when he has one, but I do want to help him out more with them so if you have tips and ideas I'd love to hear them!