Last week, I embarked on a new adventure…I attempted to clean up my bathroom while my son was around.
Normally, I clean up while he is taking naps, but on this particular day, I felt the need to go ahead and clean the bathroom right away. Besides, we were having company over and I didn’t have much time later on.
The shower stall was a mess and long overdue for a good, deep down cleaning. I was on my knees scrubbing the walls, when I looked over at my son. He was standing over the bathtub, “cleaning” the tub with his hands. He was wiping away, just like mommy. I couldn’t help but laugh and smile about his attempt to be helpful.
After much scrubbing, I turned on the shower stall to rinse the suds. All of a sudden, I noticed little hands going around me, reaching for the water. When the water splashed off his hands, he squealed and laughed with a deep belly laugh. He thought it was the best thing in the world. The joys of having a toddler!
On another note…
My son has speech therapy classes on a regular basis. It is so interesting to see how children learn. Right now, we are working on animal sounds with him. He has the cow sound down pat.
During his last class, we were working on learning about horses. His therapist had a small miniature toy horse for him to look at. We showed him the horse and told him what a horse says. We told him that a horse runs and jumps.
My son took the horse and put it on the floor very carefully so that it was standing up. Slowly, he proceeded to squat his 32lb body over on top of this half-pound miniature toy horse. He kept squatting and squatting, trying to get lower and lower, until he realized that he was too big to ride this little horse.
We laughed so hard! I was just about rolling on the floor. At least he knew that he could ride a horse.
The ironic thing about this is that while my husband and I were on vacation, I saw a really nice riding horse for our son. My husband, however, thought it was too small. Maybe we should have bought that riding horse after all…