|Here is Caleb with the champion leaf I so skillfully picked out for him. Why is this leaf so special? Because I had to run many blocks just for that leaf. Caleb would immediately identify any leaf that did not belong to the appropriate tree. Leaves from a bush? Unacceptable. In fact, when he dropped this leaf (3 different times), I had to go back and get it. Lord knows, no other leaf would do.|
In other toddler news unrelated to our fitness attempts: Caleb's food pickiness has reached an all time high. Vegetables were already pretty out of the questions except for the occasional carrot, sweet potato, or (only canned) green bean. I could also get him to eat butter nut squash if I was lucky. He will now also refuse to eat fruit he once loved. This includes strawberries and mangoes as his previous favs. Acceptable fruit that he now holds in contempt: watermelon, bananas, and peaches. Literally now the only fruit he will eat, is an apple. Like our friend Anna. He also refuses to eat any of my smoothies or sneaky veggie breads I have made before like zucchini muffins. Sigh.
I'll admit, these toddlers are pretty cute with their cheeks and small people ways. But they come with lots of not so cute behaviors. Whining is an all time favorite. Or there's the random outbursts of emotion over a piece of food cut up. And the refusal to poop in the potty, leaving the other option their underwear. They also have a knack for waking up their fellow adults at all hours. In general, they may be prone to say things like, "MOOOOOM. MOM. MOM. MOM MOM!!!" Over and over again. They fake cry to go to bed, feign sickness at all times for any reason. And they tell you that they need to eat things like cookies to make them feel better and grow big and strong. False.
Still, they are really somethin', aren't they? Just don't expect any REAL running when your toddler wants to run as well.