Just Like A Big Kid

Rerun sees his big brother and sister coloring or working on homework nearly every day.  I often put him in the high chair to color, but a few days ago, he just sat down on the step stool and was playing with the colored pencils.  I stuck some paper in front of him to see what would happen.

What happened was… he spent 45 minutes coloring.

As in, 45 minutes where he stayed in one spot.  It was very easy to get pictures of him.

He kept trying out different pencils (occasionally biting on the ends of them – hey, he’s still a baby), playing with the itty-bitty unable-to-do-much pencil sharpener, and was so intent on doing it all himself.

He kept writing with the lighter colors, so they don’t show up very well in these pictures.  But he was so happy, and so content, and so willing to let Mommy work on other things and not have to sit and entertain him.  It.  Was.  Awesome!

I let him do it again the next day while Ane was working on homework, and she freaked out.  “MOM!  He’s getting into my colored pencils!!!”  she shrieked.

“First of all, those are the FAMILY colored pencils – you have your own in your art kit.  And second, look at how happy he is!  Look at how he’s not bothering you as you’re working on your math homework!”  I pointed out.  Rerun has been known to try and scribble on his sister’s homework when she’s not looking.

She acknowledged that he was behaving, so she kept working on her math, Rerun kept drawing and comparing pencils, and Tad read a book on the iPad while I got dinner ready.  It was a glorious moment.

And I say “moment,” because, of course, it didn’t last.  Oh, well.  At least I know that it CAN happen, and all three kids can be occupied without bothering one of their siblings at the same time.

2 Responses to “Just Like A Big Kid”

  1. Nana
    November 8th, 2011 07:22

    Magic moments!

  2. Aunt Mary
    November 8th, 2011 22:15

    My aunt told me they thought my kids ate all the time, because it seemed every time they drove by and looked in the window, all 3 kids were at the kitchen table. My kids spent a lot of time doing different activities there. I see it’s starting at your house, too. 🙂