I feel like I often write about the trials and tribulations of parenting while not always recognizing the wonderful, joyous aspects like watching your child turn into this individual being. Yesterday I was at the mall with Monkey and felt a post brewing in my head about how sweet and loving he is towards other kids. Without any real prompting from us, he has always been super sweet and gentle when playing. For example, if he is holding a ball or toy and another child approaches him, he will generally offer him/her whatever he’s holding. He often gently touches a playmate’s arm or hand as if to say, “I like you! This is a fun time we’re having!” He doesn’t seem to care at all when a playground is teeming with kids (argh) – he gleefully joins right in and follows others around who are playing and having a good time.
Monkey and pal
Monkey loves to have his playdates and talks about his friends when he’s not with them (“Nay [Nate]? Fahvey [Harvey]? Bobo [Boden, who goes by Bobo]?”). He seems to be a very social guy and not at all shy about playing with kids he doesn’t know. I have high-hopes for him in pre-school next year. “Nay” will be starting at the same time and is the same age (younger by 10 days), so he’ll already have a built-in pal.
It is so fun and fills me with such pride to watch him develop into this kind, caring, and sweet full-fledged little boy. Hard to believe he was that teeny little nugget in my belly not so long ago.
Oh, and he also watched his first full-length movie last week! We watched Ponyo and he was absolutely mesmerized. We split it up over two days and he is still talking about Ponyo. We are huge Miyazaki fans so we’re thrilled that he seems to be as well. Yay! Next up: My Neighbor Totoro 🙂