On his second birthday party, I remember how I was jokingly warned by a number of friends that I should get ready because he is striking the terrible-two stage. It makes me smile to realize that he was never a terrible two. Kyle has always been a terrific toddler for me. Allow me to tell you why.
1. He drops the magic words. Little Kyle knows when to say please and thank you. And he always expresses them with a wide smile.
2. He is never a mall scene-maker. When we go to the mall and if he really likes a toy, he never insists me to buy. He would first ask, “Do you have money for the toy mama?”
3. He understands our need to go to work. Whenever Alex and I go to our workplace, he processes himself by saying, “You are going to work dad/mom so that you can buy me a (toy) payloader, yes?” (We always teach him the value of money. That you have to work hard to buy the things that you like. And that if you do something great such as being a polite kid, you’ll be rewarded.)
|Our little boy when he was only one year old.
4. He knows how to apologize. Of course he throws tantrum at times. Imagine a toddler with fiery eyes when he gets annoyed, he could be like that too, but the good thing is, this toddler knows to say “sorry” with a hug.
5. He organizes his things. Just like his dad, my toddler is very much organized. After playing, he returns his books, blocks and cars to their proper places. My cousin Ruby laughed when she saw Kyle lining up his cars after playing. “He has been practiced to do that”, I explained. Thanks Barney for the clean-up song. My son sometimes sings it while doing his “little chores.”
6. He listens and obeys. He sometimes speaks the silly words he hears from people but after processing him not to say the words again, he listens and obeys.
|His second birthday!
7. He has learned to pray. Before he sleeps he has this habit of praying for everyone he knows. “Bless mommy, daddy, mama, papa, ate nyana (yana)…” And his long list would go on and on.
8. He knows how to uplift my spirit in his own little way. When he sees me looking tired, he flashes his dimples as he knows that it will brighten up my day.
|This toddler is almost three! 🙂
While I am typing this post, Kyle is sleeping and I am ThisClose to crying realizing how lucky I am to have him. I just feel favored and blessed. Thank you Father for this blissful journey.
It’s 35 days to go before Kyle’s third birthday!! 🙂