As much as I am SO NOT a morning person, I sort of do love mornings. Once I'm really awake and forced out of bed, and have a cup of coffee in me, I love mornings.
And this particular morning, well it really is lovely. Gus and I have the whole day ahead of us, no plans, no appointments, and loads of sunshine at our disposal.
We've had our breakfast, scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast for me, a waffle and strawberries for Gus. Now Gus is downstairs playing with his trains, I've got Nancy Cassidy playing on the ipod for him, to keep him company. We've discovered that sometimes his demands for television ("Watch Tee-Bee Mama! Watch Thomas!!") can sometimes be diverted without tears if we put on some kiddie music while he plays on his own. It's an awesome trick and totally seems to work. Helps him play independently and happily for much longer, without the help of television.
I've worried in the last few weeks or so that the TV thing is starting to get out of hand. He could have cared less about it for the first nearly two years of his life, aside maybe from some PBS in the mornings or when he woke up cranky from a nap, but just recently it's ALL THE TIME. Demanding Thomas the Train or this weird little live action video that came with a book he got for his birthday showing all different kinds of farm animals running through fields and being generally adorable, with this trippy/happy music in the background and little kids talking about what each animal is called. He loves that crazy video, which he has dubbed "e-i-e-i-o".
Anyway... so yeah. Just too much TV. And the more he watches it, the more he demands it, and the more cranky he becomes. As soon as a 45 minute episode of Thomas is over, he starts screaming for more. Not cool.
So today... what should we do today? It's Friday! I am home with my boy and it's going to be a beautiful day. So much promise. I love that.
Ok, one more cup of coffee, then we're going to go have some sort of adventure. Happy Friday!