Hey guys! How was your long weekend? Mine went smoothly, and last Saturday, I suffered sugar-overload because it was Yuri’s birthday!
I’m pretty sure I just closed my eyes for a moment and then all of a sudden, I have a four-year old child!
What sorcery is this?
Well, it’s not as if I didn’t see it coming. Everyday, I’m in awe of his new entertaining antics and — ehem — tactics to get what he want. But my favourite thing about being a mummy to a constantly curious toddler is the company.
You see, I’m a WAHM in a long-time long-distance relationship. Because of the nature of my job, I communicate with my colleagues “remotely” and my friends have super busy work and family schedules. (I have colleagues here in Davao City; unfortunately, they live in the South while I reside in the North. If you have any idea how big this city is, you would know that going from the North to the South is pretty much like going to another city.)
When Yuri was still a baby, being with him just seemed like a chore. I have no shame in admitting it — the same way as I can shamelessly say now that he looked like an old man when he was a few days old hahaha. (To be fair, my younger sister did look like an alien… I’m pretty sure I looked funny as a newborn too…) Anyway, yes I had my in-love-with-my-baby moments but most of the time, like when he was nursing or napping in my already sore arms, time just seemed to pass so slowly. Sorry baby, it’s true 😛
But ever since he turned 3, he’s become the perfect companion-slash-bodyguard for me. He accompanies me walking around the village or going grocery-shopping. He doesn’t stop talking and I’m sure many of you mums of toddlers can relate to this! We can talk about anything and everything under the sun and somehow, our topics almost always takes the absurd turn. Not a problem at all!
While he’s still a “baby” in more ways than one, I’ve noticed that he’s become more mature (somewhat). He now understands the value of obedience and generosity (though he still needs more discipline in those areas). He’s also become more considerate of others’ feelings.
He now appreciates books but still can’t resist using them as ramps for his toy cars. He also knows several Bible stories! Thank you Lord for that — it wasn’t easy trying to read him the children’s Bible each night only to discover that he prefers the Bible Story app (by the way, I highly recommend it!). We won’t give up on the Bible though but I think the app really helps.
He can be given instructions now and he follows them (most of the time). I can ask him to get something for me and so far, that’s probably my best achievement as a mum. I don’t have to do everything now! Finally! Second best achievement? He now knows how to play a prank on us, especially his aunt teehee.
And yeah, sorry organic mums, but he’s become more tech-savvy, too. It’s not the ideal setup, I know, but those gadgets keep me sane many times.
So maybe it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to me that I actually have a four-year old now. I should have seen it coming! The thought of having one scares me a little but mostly, it excites me! This year will, no doubt, come with a lot of challenges but I’m sure it would be a fun, wild ride.
Cheers to more adventures, little explorer.
Both Yuri and I are not fans of birthday parties; last year, we celebrated his birthday by travelling. Unfortunately, Yayu (lolo) fell sick this year so we weren’t able to book a flight. So we just celebrated by eating!