Tuesday, August 21, 2007

What Big Boys Do

This week DJ is at "work-camp" - a fun day camp offered by my husband's work. So, it is just Anderson, Madigan and Mommy for the week. I am looking forward to spending some quality time with Ander.

Monday morning I asked him what he wanted to do for the day. He announced "Baby Play Group". So, we packed a snack and headed off to the local Early Years Centre for the 9AM play group.

Upon pulling into the parking lot Anderson let out a blood curdling scream " NOOoooooooo". After calming him down, I realized he wanted to go to the play group across town. No matter. We are not working for the devil and this is OUR day. So, off we went.

Once we arrived at the play group I was surprised that Anderson did not run off and attack his regular play stations. Instead he walked around surveying all the toys. His behaviour did not seem odd as we have not been to that play group since the spring time.

What persuade definitely pulled at my heart strings and made me proud.

Anderson gathered up a few toys and sat down next to Madigan. He then showed her each toy and explained what it was and then made every attempt to play with her. It was so wonderful to see my two little ones sharing a moment of fun. Without DJ around, Anderson quickly fell into the Big Brother role and excelled at it!

After play group we had lunch at the park and headed home. Upon pulling into the driveway Anderson let out a blood curdling scream " NOOoooooooo Big Boy Play Group!".

I glanced at the time - 1:24 - Afternoon play group at a third location would be starting in 6 minutes...off we went.

During circle time Anderson was super-duper-good. No running around, messing around or interrupting the leader. Instead he was...well, a big boy. He participated so nicely and had a great time!

On the way home I casually commented on what a big boy Ander was at big boy play group and suggested that big boys use the potty instead of diapers. Anderson just grinned and sheepishly commented " Mommy, big boys no nap".

And he was right!

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