My little buddy. He’s turning two tomorrow. I’ve been nannying this little dude for almost a year now and gosh he’s grown. Everyone says that about kids, because it’s just the plain old truth. They grow and change and learn so much more rapidly than adults do.
The first day I met him I was pretty new at watching babies. In fact, I’d only ever spent time with a few for short periods in the close company of more experienced care takers. That first day his parents told me I could take him to the park. Man, I worried a hundred different things were going to go wrong in those early days. I pictured a rattle snake jumping out at us. I thought “What if a car just drives off the road onto the sidewalk we’re walking on?” I even worried the stroller handle would break and he’d go rolling down the steep hill to the park without me.
His parents told me that they try to talk to him as much as possible, so I thought I’d do the same. On that first walk to the park I began narrating everything that was going on. It helped calm my nerves. “Here comes a car. It’s red. Red is my favorite color.”, “Here we go, up the big, big hill. And there’s the park! There’s so much green grass. Someone must work hard to keep it so nice!”
At the park I carefully took him out of the stroller and placed him in the grass, continuing my narration. “There’s a dog! Doggies say ‘woof, woof!'” And then I wasn’t the only one doing the talking. He looked at the dog and then at me and said “Woof, woof!” We’ve been having little conversations ever since. He really is a little buddy.
I took a video of him looking through a Christmas I Spy book with my phone the other day. There’s a chance you may not think this video is interesting at all. I’m willing to take the risk because I think his curiosity is priceless.
(oh and there’s no talking for about 8 seconds so hang in there)