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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tuesday with Charlie | Nineteen Months.

Technically nineteen months and six days :-) but still - what a change in two months. Charlie was super-comfortable with me today. We spent the weekend together (in South Carolina - more on that later this week) as well as a few days last week when his mama was sick and then so was he. Today was a testament to "all things are better when we feel good AND it's sunshine-y outside".

Tuesdays still start at the front door. Charlie waits patiently to see his mama's car...and then he waves. He can see out the window all on his own now.

Things were a little different today because we weren't home yesterday. I changed our sheets - Charlie put the pillowcases on...almost well enough that I didn't have to re-do them! We put away clothes. Katie says he's good with socks. I find he's better with Legos while I pair up and put away socks.

After second breakfast* (tangerines and cheerios), we headed to Avalon**. Yay for being allergy free!  I'm glad Charlie's schedule lets us get there early and we leave just as the strollers are getting three deep along the edges. We had our pick of activities and enjoyed them all. We started with Canine Assistants and moved on to rocking horses and then the slide. I lost count of how many times he went down. He loved hitting the bottom "boom"! and never quite managed to get both feet facing forward at the top.

We visited four of the activities and made four things to take home - a pinwheel, a colored beach ball, a painted heart and a fabric flower with a "beaded" stamen. Yeah, the shops at Avalon know how to cater to toddlers and their mamas!

And finally, we rode the train. We sat in the front car, right behind the conductor, because it was the only one that was open...I figured Charlie would like to see everything. I think he liked the ride, but next time, we'll ride in the caboose. It's open to the back, but the sides have windows for looking out. When he's a little older, I can't wait to tell him stories about his Grandpa Roy and the dad LOVED riding trains.

Home. Lunch. (weekend leftovers = roasted chicken, cheese, apple, cucumber. he almost cleaned his plate. I should've peeled the apples...he had trouble with the skins). Then we read two books (Where the Wild Things Are and Dr Seuss' Up!) and it was time for nap. This was his third week sleeping on a mat, and not the crib. It's so much better!

After nap we went for a walk with Holly. and then stayed outside to play a little "golf". I should've taken photos. This might be the last time I can hit the ball better than he can!

...and all too soon I got a text from Katie that she was able to leave the office a little early. I had him home by 4:45... happy to see his Mama.

I was happy for the bit of extra time to catch up on a load of laundry...and block my Spring Cowl.

These posts are pretty much all for me and Katie; thank you for reading! but if you'd like to comment, I'd love to know what thing you remember best about "almost two" or about "toddlers in the summer". I think we're all going to be surprised about these next few months and it would be great to have a heads up!

p.s. if you stopped by for Ten on Tuesday, it is still happening over on Carole's blog (and a lot of others!) - I'm sure I'll be joining in again next week!

*first breakfast is dark early at home.
**Avalon is our local outdoor mall; they have a great "lawn" (yep, fake grass, but it's clean) where they host a weekly toddler morning on Tuesdays.



Blogger Kym said...

He's growing up so quickly! So glad you can spend so much time with Charlie. What a fun place to hang out on Tuesdays. (At 2 - or nearly - both of my kids loved playing with water.)

Tuesday, 19 April, 2016  
Blogger Carole said...

He looks like a little boy more and more. And just as adorable as ever! At 18 months Hannah was, well, miserable to take anywhere! hahaha. Seriously, she was happy and content at home but going out overwhelmed her and she would get terribly frustrated and unhappy. So we just stayed home for a while and didn't take her shopping or to restaurants.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016  
Blogger Bonny said...

What a great sunshiney Tuesday with Charlie! I agree with both Kym and Carole; my kids were much happier and less prone to tantrums at this age when they weren't overwhelmed by "too much". There are so many fun things to do outside in the summer (bubbles, playing with diggers in the sand, sidewalk chalk, swimming in the little plastic pool, playing in the stream, picking strawberries, picnics) that none of missed shopping or restaurants.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016  
Blogger margene said...

I know nothing about kids, but rememeber how much we loved playing in the sprinklers and our little pool when it was hot outdoors. Charlie is such a darling. I love the selfies of you, too! You look like you're having a blast!

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016  
Blogger alexa said...

How nice to have somewhere like Avalon as a change. He is having lots of lovely times with you ... The best thing we ever did for our two-year olds was to get a sandpit. It became the focal point for children from all the houses around.

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016  
Blogger Lydia said...

Charlie is a very busy boy these days. So nice that the weather and allergies cooperated. Yea there's no meltdown when Mom drives off! I'm sure there are lots of little one's who are anxious about this part of the day.

Thursday, 21 April, 2016  
Blogger Honoré said...

A full day for both of you. Charlie's such a grown up little guy...what adventures he has with Marmie. And she with him.

Wednesday, 27 April, 2016  

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