This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have let their children take over writing and sharing.
I know I've probably said this at every stage of my son's life, but this current stage has got to be my favorite.
Specifically, I love how verbal Bug is. I love how his use of language has evolved over the past few years, how's he's always gaining more vocabulary words and improving his ability to clearly pronounce the words he already knows. I love how he's forming opinions on various subjects. I love how he likes to tell little stories about things that have happened recently or describe the plotlines of books he's been reading.
And, as any parent knows (or will know soon enough, if they've only got pre-verbal kids so far), sometimes the things that come out of his little mouth are simply amazing. Sometimes he makes me laugh, and other times he offhandedly offers up comments that would be offensive in different circumstances and from a different speaker. Sometimes his astute grasp of matters just blows my mind.
|Showing off his glitter tattoo from a library event. He wanted a spider that was yellow and orange and red and pink.|
I know it's impossible to really accurately portray just how much I love the things my Bug says using written words, so I'll just pass the mic to him, so to speak. Below are a handful of quotes from my little guy, along with a smattering of pictures of recent creations and general cuteness. Enjoy!
|He always loves coming to Penzey's, the spice store, with me, probably because he gets to color and then hang his artwork on their wall.|
First, a brief interview:
How old are you?
I'm three years old.
What's your favorite cartoon and what's it about?
The world one [Word World], how to make letters. How to make things.
What are you good at doing?
What's your favorite color?
Black. And green, blue, and red.
What's your favorite animal?
Yucky snails right now, because I really love them. And kitties do love snails!
What's your favorite book?
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
What's your favorite game to play with Daddy?
Pathfinder. First, I need a little guy, then I find a path, then I go into the big Ender Portal,
because the Ender Portal that I go in is very, very dangerous.
If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
Mommy. Or Green.
What is your favorite food?
Vegetables. Pasta and chickpeas.
What is your favorite toy?
My rabbit. It's hiding somewhere.
What's your favorite thing to do outside?
Make construction sites.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I really want to go to work. [He wouldn't specify what kind. And that was the end of that.]
|In case you're wondering, this is how Bug plays Pathfinder. We'll make a (tabletop) gamer out of this boy yet!|
When I fart in the water it makes bubbles! And now I'm gonna make a really big fart. And it'll make a really, really, really, really big bubble. And then I'll go inside it. But then you can pop it and I'll be free again.
Mommy, your butt is so squishy!
I love the rabbit song. But then a skeleton came along and died the bunny. And now it's gone forever.
|A little creation.|
Sometimes, Bug and I play this game where we go back and forth saying different parts of each other that we love. And sometimes, he picks rather obscure things about me to love.
Me: I love your... shoulders!
Bug: I love your elbows!
Me: I love your tummy!
Bug: I love your belly button!
Me: I love your ears!
Bug: I love your earwax!
I love you right up to the moon! And then over the moon, and into a forest, and through a field, and into a barn.
|Playing with watercolors. His grandma says he's channeling a little Bob Ross here.|
Bug: I like Warrior 2. I also like Warrior 5.
Me (perplexed): Warrior 5? How do you do Warrior 5?
Bug: You put one leg up like this, and both hands down. No, Mama, you're doing it wrong.
|You know how Trader Joe's gives stickers to kids at the register? Well, this is where most of Bug's usually end up.|
|Showing off the (somewhat creepy-looking, but don't tell him that!) mask he made.|
Visit Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
(This list will be updated by afternoon September 8 with all the carnival links.)
- Life in Mexico—from the perspective of my 13 year old son — Survivor's teenage son at Surviving MexicoAdventures and Disasters shares his perspective on living in rural Mexico.
- Baby Boy Working & Blogging — Baby Boy takes over the blog, he has so much work to do. Then, Life Breath Present writes a letter from his perspective about her working and blogging.
- Videos of a family learning & having fun — Prompted by her kids, Lauren and the rest of the crew at Hobo Mama have started a YouTube channel of Pirate Family Fun & Learning.
- Mixed Observations From My 3.5-Year-Old — Holly at Leaves of Lavender shares some fun quotes from her 3.5-year-old son, along with some fun pictures.
- My 7 Year Old’s 5 Favorite Things About Homeschooling — Dionna at Code Name: Mama's son, Kieran, has always loved homeschooling. Today he is sharing 5 of his favorite reasons.
- A Four-Year-Old with A Lot to Say — After a summmer full of fun, Todd talks for the blog Parental Intelligence about all that he enjoyed such as time visiting with Grandma and Grandpa that included going to a play Grandpa wrote that his uncle acted in.