One of these days I will post a blog about how we (P3s’ mom and dad) went cold turkey with our 2.5-year-old from watching the tablet. I bring this up because now I’m not using it as babysitter he wants my attention. As a parent, I get caught up on getting things done and I know I have missed out on a chance to spend time with my child. When I cook and/or clean P3 and Z will sit on the counter. When I’m cooking, I will tell P3 what I’m doing and explain the steps I’m taking to make dinner. Yesterday he was sitting on the counter and kept saying “cup” and pointing to the drawer. I got frustrated because I did not understand why he was asking for a cup from the drawer. He knows where we keep the cups. I opened the drawer and closed it when it finally hit me. He was asking for a dry measuring cup. I gave one to him last week when I was using rice. I explained to him the difference between a dry and liquid measuring cup.
Fast forward to this afternoon and I’m tired. I barely got any sleep last night. I put the twins down and planned to lie down for a little on the couch. I failed at getting the kitchen and living room cleaned from yesterday usage. The kitchen was worse because of today’s activities and I didn’t want to do it. The dishwasher was almost full, and I needed to wash bottles. I figured I could do it later. P3 has been asking to sit on the counter throughout the day and I kept telling him no. I finally told him I would put him on the counter but I’m going in the living room. This didn’t last long and I finally force myself to go take care of the kitchen. In the middle of my cleaning P3 ask me a question I asked him last week.
“What lives in the ocean?” Last week I was peeling shrimp, and I asked P3 where do shrimps live? I wasn’t sure if he knew the answer and he told me the ocean. This one question began a new game. I almost missed the opportunity to play a game with P3 because I wanted to lie down. I loaded the dishwasher, washed the bottles, and cleaned up the counter. While I worked we played the game. I love that he is showing great interest in what lives in the ocean. I pulled out a variety of books about ocean life and when he was watching the tablet, he would watch real shows about a variety of ocean creatures.
Our answer (*are the ones he will tell me on his own): dolphins*, whales*, shrimp*, sting ray, sea horse*, sharks*, sea lions*, sharks*, star fish, eel, crab, lobster, fish*, blowfish, octopus*, squid, walrus*, seal, and puppies (this is what he calls sea lion pups).
Ever since this child has come into this world I have learned to slow down. I wanted to listen to my phone. It’s easy to get caught up in what I want especially after having children yell at you and demand things almost 24/7. It’s my job to help him learn and grow into a little person. I will most likely miss another opportunity but I hope to remember these moments as he grows up.