# Tag Archives: busy toddler

## A Curious Toddler Takes His Time

A math puzzle for you to ponder:

A.’s school bus stop is up the street, on the corner, one crossed street and two houses away from ours. For me (or T. or C. or A.) to walk there, it takes all of about 25 seconds. Tops. Her bus is scheduled to arrive at 8:09 every morning. What time should A. and I leave in order to make sure she arrives at the bus stop on time?

What’s that? I hear 8:05, 8:04 — even an 8:08. Well, you are all wrong. Because you forgot an important factor. It’s not just A. and I walking to the bus every morning. Most days we have a curious toddler with us. A curious and very, very slowtoddler.

No kidding, we left the house at 8:00 this morning and we got to the stop with a minute to spare. (I should mention that we started to head out the door at 7:55 — not only does A. have to get her backpack on, so does Spencer. I got him an Elmo one right before school started, knowing that he was going to want to wear one like his big siblings.)

Coming home we average an even worse MPH. My curious toddler and I walked in the back door at 8:25. 8:25! Fifteen minutes to walk 100 yards. No wonder I’m not losing any weight walking.

I’m not complaining though. While I wish Spencer would move slightly faster than molasses, I know that while we are walking he’s doing a lot more. He’s learning and exploring and enjoying life. It’s a lot of fun to watch and gives me some insight on how his thought process works. Let me tell you, for a short distance, he can really squeeze quite a bit in.

This morning on our way home he spent a great deal of time walking or skipping sideways. For part of the journey he’d face me, while other times he’d face our neighbor’s houses. He thought it was the greatest thing to do. “Look at me,” he shouted. “I walk funny!”

When he wasn’t sashaying to the side, his eyes were trained to the ground, looking for acorns, rocks and other assorted treasures along the side of the road. Very aware of his surroundings, he’d let me know if he spotted something he deemed important. “Look at squirrel mommy!” “Look at cat!” “Cars is coming! Be careful!”

Of course, he had to mix in some humor too. One of his favorite games to play whenever we arrive on our block is to point at every house we pass and ask if it’s his. “This Fencer’s house?” He’ll pause for effect and then answer himself with a loud “NOOOOOO!” over and over again until we arrive at our abode.

Who knew a simple walk to the bus stop could be so exciting?

Do you have a curious toddler?

Filed under Third Year

## A Happy Toddler in the Great Outdoors

I got an adorable greeting from a very happy toddler this morning.

“MOMMY!,” Spencer said, jumping up and down in his crib when I walked into his room. “MOMMY! I wake up! I wake up Mommy! I get dressed? I wear bathing suit? I go outside? I go in pool? I go to beach! Mommy! I go to beach! I go in pool! Outside! I wake up! I go outside! MOMMY! MOMMY! MOMMY! Outside Mommy! Outside!”

He was a just a teensy bit excited. As I got him dressed, his happy toddler chatter continued.

“I eat ice pops outside? I go outside! I eat ice pops! I go to park outside! I eat ice pops!” And on and on and on, his words tripping over themselves in their enthusiasm and fervor.

As If waking up! and starting the day! wasn’t enough of a jubilant occasion for a toddler, waking up! and starting a SUMMER day!!! is downright glorious.

Spencer loves to go outside. It’s all he ever wants to do, with no regard for the weather or the time of day. He’s like a postal worker. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom or night…” When he goes to bed at night, likes to make sure that heading out the door is tops on the agenda for the next day. “I go outside when I wake up? I see sun, I wake up, I go outside?”

I do understand why though. We have a lot for him to do out there. Between his kiddie pool (with built-in sprinkler) and water table and swing set and toddler slide, he’s always busy. Not to mention the bubbles and the chalk and the baseball tee and the hula hoops and the tricycle and the myriad other outdoor toys we have for him and C. and A. to play with. When you are a kid, summer is nothing but fun, fun, fun and Spencer is having the time of his life.

I feel bad though, I don’t get to take him out as often as he would like. (Which to be fair is 24 hours a day. We average about four.) He’s not old enough to go out on his own yet, not to mention that our yard isn’t fenced in so he needs full-on adult (or big brother or sister) supervision. And sometimes I’m just a big tease — simply bringing him to the car instead of letting him running around and play. (This morning I spent, no kidding, 15 minutes chasing him around the yard before I was finally able to wrestle him into his car seat.)

Still, once we are out, he’s a happy toddler to the max.

What makes for a happy toddler in your house?

Want to read more about Spencer? Check out Shock and Aww on Facebook and my other parenting blog, We Are Both Right.