Oh the things Nathan does
While Nathan was at school today, I decided to clean and organize his room. He’s actually really good about cleaning it himself, but hey, he’s only four, so it still needed some help. He really loves to have his things organized, but learning how to organize is a skill he’s still learning. So I dusted it, went through his books and threw the ones away that he’d destroyed, made his bed and arranged his stuffed animals neatly on it, and reorganized some of his toys. I say some because I ran out of time and had to go pick him up. Hot Wheels are in one bin, planes in another, train tracks in a different one, etc.
So when he came home, he was a little grumpy. He seems to get that way after school- I think he gets so worn out that by the time I go get him, he’s sapped of energy! So when we got home, I knelt down in front of him, grabbed his shoulders, and asked him if he’d like to see what I did to his room. Beaming from ear to ear, he grabbed my hand and said “Sure!” as we walked towards his room.
Time invested in cleaning/organizing his room today: 55 minutes.
The look on Nathan’s face when he saw his cleaned room: PRICELESS!
I’m not kidding. As soon as he saw his room, his grin somehow managed to become even bigger and his entire face lit up. His eyes got really wide, he let go of my hand and threw both his arms up in the air and exclaimed, “MY ROOM IS NOT MESSY ANYMORE!!” Then he saw his made bed and shouted, “OH! LOOK, MOMMY! MY BED LOOKS SO NICE!” as he ran over to it, threw himself on the bed, and started rolling around on the top of it while laughing.
He then excitedly went over to his shelves that hold some plastic bins that house his toys. I pointed out which ones held the hotwheels, train tracks, train accessories, and he got so excited that he stood up and started jumping up and down, shouting “Yay! YEAH!”
And then? He played happily in his room for quite some time. He even lined up his stuffed animals at the “grocery store.”
He’s such an amazing boy!
I walked into the kitchen to find this: Nathan’s pj’s thrown onto the ceiling fan.
When I asked Nathan how his pj’s got up there, he matter-of-factly told me he put them there so they wouldn’t get dirty.
Look at what Nathan did. We were not pleased. He shimmied right up onto the top of his kitchen (shown in very bottom of picture), grabbed the marker off the ledge at the TOP of the dry-erase board, and proceeded to color all over the top of the wall and the CEILING. Yes, he colored on the ceiling.
It’s one of those things that we can’t for the life of us figure out why the heck he’d do something like that. He knows better! He got into a lot of trouble for that. I tried explaining to him that not only is it wrong to deface property, but he seriously could have gotten hurt if he’d fallen off his play kitchen.
I really thought by now he’d be past a lot of these antics. But nope. He’s still doing things like this. And also doing stuff like squirting half the tube of toothpaste into the toilet. And speaking of toilets, he’d also put an entire roll of toilet paper in the toilet. (At least it was still a roll of toilet paper… easier to get it out!) He definitely still likes to get into stuff.
Also, I’m sure you notice the board still says happy 4th birthday to Nathan. He turned four in February, and the night of his birthday, we snuck into his room while he was sound asleep and left him a surprise birthday message. He loved it! In fact, he loved it so much that he didn’t want us to erase it, even three months later.
And I guess he loved it so much that scribbling all over the wall and ceiling was preferable to scribbling all over that dry erase board.
Today’s been rough. I think Nathan’s picking up on my mood and energy (or lack thereof haha), and with the moving and a new baby brother, he’s been acting crazy. My normally sweet little boy has been blatently defying me and back-talking like you wouldn’t believe, and it’s been gettng progressively worse each day. He’s being really sweet to his brother, but he’s acting like a complete jerk to Paul and me.
I think I need to start something new and exciting for the afternoons (when his attitude is the worst). Maybe some pool time on the porch for a couple of hours every day will help move him out of this phase. Although now that I think about it, I’m not sure how to make time for that with everything else that has to be done. Maybe that’s another thing getting to Nathan- he’s not getting as much of my time and attention.
I am really looking forward to things settling down and getting back into a routine!