I’m still trying to figure out the $200,000 question here… what is normal? Typical? Okay? Sometimes things that I think are completely normal/typical, aren’t really what they seem at all. I feel like I’m kidding myself sometimes.
One time, a long time ago, I actually lied to a complete stranger about the age of my child. We were in a public place, just him and I, and Willy was having a hard time leaving (hey, it happens). My normal is to just scoop him up under my arm so we don’t cause even more of a scene, go to a quieter place, and talk to him about it when he’s feeling calm. As he was sitting on a bench sipping his juice box and feeling calmer, a kind woman asked me if I was okay, because apparently my son’s tantrum looked awful to her. I was actually thinking to myself that this tantrum was a mild one. I told her that I was fine and said that this happens when a “3 year old” (my son is 4) doesn’t get his way. After her blank stare burned right through me, Willy and I continued our shopping. Normal? Typical? Okay?
When Willy is overcome with any kind of excitement or joy, he flaps his little arms. He sometimes looks like a little bird that is going to fly away at any moment. He has no other self stims, unless he is super excited or happy. Is that normal? Typical? Okay?
Willy started skipping and galloping several months ago and it’s adorable to watch. He’s so fast and loves to skip when ever and where ever he can. At what age do kids start skipping and galloping anyway? Typical.
Potty training is an entirely different animal altogether, but my son has dug his heals in and will not go! I’m afraid to ask if this is normal… typical… not okay. I am recruiting my Pediatrician on this one
But what I do know, is that I have a healthy, beautiful, happy, spunky, smart, and ridiculously cute little boy, who loves his mamma to the moon and back. If you ask him what his favorite color is, it’ll change from day to day (today his favorite color is white). If you ask him for a kiss, he’ll pucker up and plant a juicy one on your lips, and if you ask him to tell you a knock, knock joke, I can guarantee you, you’ll hear this:
Leaf early, or you’ll be late!
God I love this kid! Happy Monday everyone.