DS is the same (and he's been in daycare since he was 3 months old, so it's not an issue of him not being around other kids - he's just shy). I enrolled him last year in the Little Gym. We tried a Saturday class, which was full of kids, and it just completely freaked him out. We ended up switching to a Thursday night which had only about 7 kids. It was a class he and I could do together, so he got the exposure, but I was able to be there to help him and make him a little more comfortable. I plan on easing him into anything where he'd be flying solo just because of his shy personality. And by the end of the session, I was able to step back at the edges of the room while he interacted with the kids and instructor.View Thread
Still around! I check in just about every day, but you're right, not much going on. I'd love to see the WFD post on this board. I've got a new app for my iPad which is helping me organize that topic each week - I love it!View Thread
First tattoo? 21 years old - and I still love it to date.
What will the rules be for your LO? I'm hoping DS never broaches the subject of earings - my DH will take a hard line on this one - my views are a little more open. For both, I'd request he wait until he's mature enough to make the decision on his own and understand the lasting consequences (especially with the tattoo!). My sister got her tattoo out of spite (age age 18) for my parents who wouldn't let her take a trip to see her boyfriend at college. Today, she'll finally admit that she hates it and wished she hadn't gotten it. At 21, I was finishing up college, starting my first real job, getting married that fall, buying a home - I had my life together. I was mature enough to make that decision. I know not all 21 year olds are, so I hate to put an age on it - and I hope we can have that frank discussion whenever it arises.
I'm not fond of DS roaming around the house alone (we use a pellet stove to heat the house which is in the living room and even though there are 2 gates surrounding it, it just makes me nervous).
We have a stationary gate at his door. Originally it was intended to keep our dog out of his room, but our dog passed away two weeks ago. DH asked me if I wanted to take the gate down. I considered it, but it's a wake up for me if DS leaves his room before we get up - I always hear him opening the door in his gate. He knows how to operate it, which is fine (and good for night time potty training), and the sound is guaranteed to let me know he's up.
If I was bothered by the hour, I'd probably take him back to his bed and tell him it's not time to get up yet - but these instances are few and far between and it's never been before 6am. Instead, it's just a wake up call for me. I just like the comfort of knowing that he's still in his room and not roaming around our house by himself (especially since I don't have the dog there anymore - she was always a good alarm to let me know DS was up as well).
Kind of a rambling answer. Not sure if this helps you at all, but it's what were doing...View Thread
I have to say, that decorating this year was way more fun than ever before. He loved putting the decorations on the tree and picking out some new outdoor lights. And being able to share with him some of my family's Swedish heritage has been a blast. He's used to seeing elves and Santa, but this year I introduced him to the idea of 'Tomte Gubbars', the Swedish kinda-elf like creatures. We'll make traditional spritz cookies with my great-grandmother's cookie press.
And I'm really looking forward to showing him the NORAD Santa website to track Santa on Christmas Eve!View Thread
We lost power Saturday night. Still waiting to get it back. Luckily, my parents got theirs back this morning, so we're going to move in for however long it takes to get it back (the website is estimating Thursday at 9pm - I hope they're wrong!). We fingerpainted, played with play-doh, read...View Thread