A Rainy Day With My Toddler

Today has been the perfect rainy day.

Jonathan (my toddler) and I have been alone all morning, which is unusual.

I wanted to get a lot of household tasks done before my husband/baby come home, but at the same time I wanted it to be a special time for Jonathan.  He gets much less attention from me now, with Benjamin’s medical needs.

Usually I’ll put on a show for Jonathan when I need to clean the house, but this morning I realized he’s old enough to enjoy helping me start the laundry.  (He’s “helped” me fold it before, but not with washing.)

He loves anything mechanical, so I thought he’d like seeing how it works.

First, we sorted – turns out he knows the difference between “light” clothes and “dark” clothes.  Yay.  🙂

Then I lifted him up and showed him how to turn the knob.  It was fun watching his excitement when he pulled the knob and the water came on.

After we poured in the (natural) detergent, I lifted him up and let him put the clothes in.  It took a few minutes longer than usual, because I had to pick him up for each shirt/pair of pants, but we had fun…

…Until I had to explain that we can’t wash ALL the clothes at once.  He didn’t quite understand why we had to stop when we still had a few clothes left.  🙂

Then – after he cleaned up his Legos – we did a scissors/glue project, some “painting” (actually just special markers “Grammie” gave him for Christmas), and he played with play dough.

Now he’s watching a show.  🙂

It’s fun learning the balance.