I'm babysitting for my grandson over the next two weeks. Yea! (I think.) So far it is "Yea". As long as I can go to bed on time and take some rests while he is napping, then I should be fine. It's a busy day with a 2½ year old - especially when it's been about 30 years since my last one was 2½! I think I'll have plenty to slice about for a while! And below is my contribution to Poetry Friday hosted by Kara at Rogue Anthropologist. Can't believe I got it done! Now to link before he wakes up.
**************************12:37 - It’s naptime, and I already have plenty to write about. I am having trouble picking one thing to write about though, so I guess I'll just start writing everything I can remember about this morning and see where it takes me.
Wow. As I compose this list, I am starting to get an appreciation for how much I should be able to get done in a day.
Here's his list of accomplishments so far today:
- woke up at 6:30 (I was already awake, listening, waiting.)
- played by myself until 7:20 (I heard you playing and talking to yourself this morning,
- and you were having such a good time - why would I want to interrupt?)
- ate breakfast
- got dressed (No diapers now! That potty training in a day really worked!)
- brushed own hair (That takes 2 seconds!)
- brushed Nannie’s hair (Yes, that was fun - for you.)
- went potty two times (No accidents!)
- drew a picture (So creative and interpretive - abstract, perhaps?)
- put together a cow puzzle (We know corner pieces, just not what to do with them yet.)
- rode an imaginary horse (And I made clip-clop noises with the cups.)
- ate pretend hay and oats (Do horses really slurp their food?)
- rolled around on the floor (I guess our horses used to roll, too.)
- fixed something under the kitchen table (I couldn't tell what he was doing under there.)
- investigated the underside of the piano keyboard (He may have fixed it.)
- played with cars (One car from me, a Snoopy car and Snoopy train all talk to each other.)
- played with trains (A favorite theme for him)
- sang a song (Well, I sang and he did a wordless song to accompany me.)
- washed hands and face (Peanut butter and jelly, cottage cheese...an assortment)
- read a big pile of books aloud to self (Used a mixture of words I know and words he knows.)
- read two books with Nannie (Good snuggle time.)
- read a book with seagulls in it (What sound does a seagull make?)
- listened to seagull sounds on YouTube (I found one - I don't do a good seagull sound.)
- washed dishes (Enjoyed the water, the bubbles and the sponge to wash his own dishes.)
- fed the dog (One scoop takes three trips, but he has the chore of feeding the dog each day.)
- ate lunch (Mmmm. Cucumber slices, cottage cheese, a toasted bagel and milk.)
- built a tower (Good and sturdy with a door to nowhere.)
- crossed a bridge (That would be going from the ottoman to the chair?)
- climbed the stairs to go for nap at 12:30 (Holding the railing is a picture I have to get!)
Can I make a poem out of this for Poetry Friday? Maybe. I’m going to try. while he’s sleeping. After that...no more writing until bedtime at 7:30!
2:00 - poem done!
An early start
To a great day
When I awoke
I got to play.
I sat at the table
when I got dressed
Folded my hands
And food was blessed.
I drank some juice,
ate toast with jam,
Washed my face
and then my hands.
I washed my plate
and then my cup
I built a tower
so high up
I played with cars
and sang a song,
Then listened to gulls
and cawed along.
I gave the dog
a scoop of chow
I did a puzzle
Of pig and cow
I fixed the piano,
the table and chair;
And then I brushed
Nannie’s long hair.
I read a great big
stack of books;
I hung some clothes
Upon some hooks.
I rode a horse,
but just pretend -
It seemed our ride
Would never end.
But then it did
and I could munch
Invisible oats -
a horse’s lunch!
More cars were driven,
And trains went fast;
Then it was time
For lunch at last.
Now up to nap
I climb the stairs
Just like Goldilocks
in “The Three Bears”.
But I’ll be awake
at half past three;
Ready to play -
Just wait and see!
That was more than I thought I'd get done. I'm getting to be more like him already. Hope I don't get worn out in these two weeks!
It's hard to get out there and comment, but I'll try in the evenings to do that after he's gone to bed.