Friday, May 11, 2012

Put the phone away!

There was a thought-provoking blog entry circulating on Facebook this week about "How to Miss a Childhood." It's about how technology can get in the way of our parenting - we spend all day buried in smartphones and computers, and our children miss out on our undivided attention.

I know I'm guilty of being buried in my iPhone! Especially when I'm tired (which is often), it can be easy to let Ibes play by himself while I check up on my favorite celebrity gossip sites or look through the latest iFunny photos.

Yep, can totally see myself doing this. I'm embarrassed and horrified.

There are benefits to having my phone near me - I can capture videos of Ibes' latest skills, keep in touch with my husband through the day, show Ibes photos of Pops' tractor while I'm changing his diaper...

But there are many times that I just get lazy and distracted, and need to put the phone away.

I've been more conscious of my phone use, and today I used the "phone time" to read to Ibes. His little face lit up when I asked him if he'd like to read a book. He sat on my lap, totally attentive to each word. He followed my finger as I pointed out the different animals, shapes, and colors to him. He giggled when I made chomping noises for the shark and crocodile. He wrapped his little hand around my finger.

As the tears welled up in my eyes, I made him a promise: That he would always have my attention when he needs it. That I wouldn't allow phones and computers and TV to take priority over eye contact with my him. That I would always love him most, "big as the sky," I tell him.

Motherhood is filled with opportunities to grow. I'm not perfect, and it's good to be reminded of my shortcomings.

It's also good to remind my son how much he means to me.

I love you, little one.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Big week, Big machines!

My parents (Grammy and Pops) are in the process of tearing out a swimming pool, and will be putting a new one in. This was demolition week, which meant one thing: lots of machines for Ibes!!

Day 1: Demolition begins
We were able to visit a few times this week, and Ibes really loved watching the giant machines at work.

Hanging on tight
He watched in slack-jawed amazement as the bulldozers and trackhoes made quick work of the mounds of concrete and rebar, tearing down the existing pool and carrying the rubble away.

Day 2
There were a couple of machines that were particularly noisy, including "The Woodpecker" - a monster that jackhammered away at the dense cement. We had to go inside a few times to watch the action from afar.

"Grammy, why are they so loud?"
For a little boy who bounces up and down at the mention of a tractor, the big machines were thrilling. During the hauling process, when the loader carried bucket after bucket of rubble from the site to the dump truck, Grammy would run from back to front yard with Ibes so that he could see where all the waste went. He was so focused on the action that any loud noise startled him right out of his skin!

Not taking his eyes off those machines!
We had a fun week, but it will be even more fun when that new pool is built, so Ibes can enjoy the water and learn to swim!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Little Walker

It's official - Ibes can walk!

"So THAT'S what my legs are for!"
He started taking a couple tentative steps at a time, then about a week ago, he realized the benefits of using his legs to get around. His gait is quite awkward - my Dad describes it as flopping his feet down like dead fish - but gets a little smoother each day.

Getting braver
I put him down at the store this week, and he made a break for it! I had to really stay on top of him to make sure he didn't get away. He is definitely loving practicing his new skills.

Catch me if you can