Imagine the scene, you have told you 26 month old that we will be doing some painting this afternoon, he’s been going on about it all morning, you have the idea and even whilst he ate lunch managed to decant blue, red and yellow paint into a pallet, find the apron from where Rainy Day Dad had put it after his painting at the weekend and even found brushes to make a Halloween moon and silhouette.
All of this was carefully hidden so that J couldn’t see them waiting for the perfect moment when T has gone to sleep and we have 30 mins with just the two of us to paint and get messy before she wakes up. She falls asleep and I put J’s apron on and get out the paints……
At which point the monitor lights up and the loudest wail ever heard sounds over it. T is not asleep any more but wide awake and wants to play. I run upstairs leaving J with Paint and brush strapped into the booster seat at the table and run back downstairs to find him still painting the moon – phew! But now we’re stuck.
T is on the move – backwards – but on the move and unlike when I started this blog where she would happily sit and play with me whilst J did activities or play under her activity arch now she is everywhere. We are also experiencing the 7 month separation anxiety phase so I can’t be out of her sight for even a few seconds. She doesn’t want to sit in the bouncy chair and be played with – turns over and takes the chair with her, she doesn’t want to sit on my lap and watch J paint – it looks too much fun. She also can’t really paint as the paints aren’t edible and that is her thing at the moment – everything goes into her mouth so we’re stuck.
So J’s painting of a moon turns into screaming to “GET DOWN, I WANT A GET DOWN” and the paint is now in his hair, over the dining chairs and table, the dog who thought that it was dinner time also has a browny/blue streak down her back and T is screaming as she’s been put down in a safe area and crawled backwards away from what she wants.
Even writing that makes me feel slightly stressed as that is what ours days have become. J and T have got 18 months between them and the phase that T is at the moment I find incredibly difficult as she doesn’t “play” as such instead just wants to eat everything in sight, but J is now so use to activities that I’m now searching through the blogosphere for activities for babies to try out with T so that J and I can do some activities to keep him from getting bored.
If anyone has any ideas of how to entertain a 8 month old and a 2 year old at the same time please share in the comments and watch out for more baby related activities in the near future.