As you may already know, we started going to Mum and Baby playgroup last week. And we’ve been six times so far.
I was so nervous about it, but the first day went well and I now actually look forward to going. And so does Vinay. He gets so excited when we arrive and he realises where we are!
He’s still a little unsure of himself and wants to be reassured that I’m by his side, but he’s getting more confident.
On Wednesday, after looking at books – he decided he wanted to mess around with the shape puzzles. He was happy holding the pieces and banging them on the table (as usual). I showed him what to do with them a couple of times and told him to try. He tried a few times and when he (eventually) got it right, I praised him and clapped my hands. The second time he got it right, I did the same. The third and fourth times, he clapped for himself and started looking around at the other mums to see if any of them had noticed. Unfortunately for him, they were all too busy with their own children!
He’s never been too keen on swings before. Apparently he is a little ‘bizarre’, because one of the mums said *all* kids like swings. (Let’s not go there (*slap slap*) stupid b*tch) So we tried the swing on Wednesday. He enjoyed it. A lot. But had enough after two minutes. Today, he LOVED it. Smiling at anyone who walked past, looking at people to see if they noticed him (again, no) and showing me his muscles (don’t ask).
He loves listening to Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (and is trying to learn the actions), Twinkle Twinkle and The Wheels on the Bus. We sing them a lot at home and he does his own version of the actions, but during singing time he usually sits in my lap listening and observing the other children and adults. Today, however, we were on the swing when singing time started and he indicated to me that he wanted to go and join. He stood and watched for a few minutes. Then I plonked him in a little chair. He stayed. He flapped his arms danced and did a couple of actions!
I’m so proud of him. I’m so pleased that playgroup has really helped develop his confidence – even if it just a little each session.
I was just tweeting with SAHDandProud two days ago and saying I was looking forward to V growing up a little, toddling off and being able to play independently.
But it’s happening right in front of my eyes and a little too quickly!