When I asked the Universe for a healthy happy child, I also asked for one with awesome climbing skills and bucket loads of adventurous confidence. It seems that universe was listening that day and even though our little man suffers from a little bit of social shyness, he makes up for it with his confidence in climbing, jumping and general rough and tumble playfulness.
Visits to the park are one of our favourite things to do at the weekend. It’s become a measurement of milestones, from week to week M seems to master something else in the play area. C takes M to the park almost every other day during the week, but because I work, I don’t get to see his achievements until the weekend.
This month he has mastered the balance beam (with help). I was so impressed when he managed to keep his feet one in front of the other, because to be honest I struggle at times. His little face when he jumped off the end was of sheer pride. I love to see him impress himself.
The slide is something he mastered quite a while ago, but now he can confidently climb the stairs, walk along to the slide, turn around and slide down on his tummy. He no longer needs to hold his mummies hands to slide down. It’s sort of bittersweet, I love to watch him grow and gain confidence, but I also like to reach out see him take my hand instead of brush it away with a “no Mama”.
I don’t want to wish his years away, but I really can’t wait until he masters the climbing frame, as I can already sense the pride he will have in himself when he does. Sometimes I have to remind myself he is only 17 months old.