Days Away From Gio

This past Saturday, Erwin and I went to New Jersey to drop off Gio at my parents house. Gio did extremely well on the drive- he slept more than half the way, and after he woke up, he was really calm in his seat. Originally we were going to come back Sunday night, but we decided to come back Monday morning so that way Gio could warm up easily to my family and their home.

It was been a little harder than I thought it would be to have him away from me, but at the same time it makes me so happy that he’s spending time with my parents and my family in New Jersey. I know for a fact that he’s being spoiled with so much attention and so much love.

I’m actually very proud of how well he’s doing. When we were in New Jersey with him, he warmed up quickly with everyone and he stayed playful with everyone once we left. We had some minor issues when I would drop him off my sister-in-laws house, like nonstop crying, so I was concerned but there hasn’t been any problems at all. He sleeps really well, he’s been eating extremely well. I’m really proud of how he’s done, and I might just do this annually so he gets to spend that time with my parents which to me is really important.

Now, as for me, it’s just been really strange not having him with me. I miss him a lot. Having him away from me and him not being under my care has opened my eyes up to things. It’s made me realize how I care way too much about little things, while all he wants and needs is me to be there sitting on the floor just playing or running around with him. I can put cleaning aside, cooking aside, even my studies aside for a little to fulfill his wish of just having me there next to him.

Today is my first day on my own. Erwin went back to work, so I decided to jump on here and write before I start studying for me final Biology exam. He gets out a little earlier today so I’m excited to just hangout with him and watch a movie.

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Finding his little self 

Lately Gio has truly been growing a personality and even show favoritism towards things.

Erwin and I don’t really push Gio into liking particular things or even introduce him to much- he sort of has found on his own what he likes, and lately we’ve been picking up on different things.

Of course Gio has been given toys, but all mainly infant/toddler toys so none are “gender biased.” I put quotes on that because I don’t believe that “girl toys” are only for girls and that “boy toys” are only for boys. We don’t want him to feel forced or obligated to like something or do something because he has to like particular things based off his gender. So, that’s why Erwin and I aren’t strict on that. Yet, the funny thing is that Gio seems to be falling into your stereotype of a “boy.”

Erwin got him this little rattle toy months ago that is actually a car. When he was smaller he would just shake it none stop but then I actually put it away for a long time until he found it again in all his toys. We never taught him how to use it properly as a car, he actually discovered how to do it on his own and since then he really likes pushing cars around. So, I found two small cars for him so he can push them around, and he does that forever. He even learned on his own that it is has to be on the side of the wheels for it to go how he wants it too- so he’ll flip it until it lands on the wheels, lol. We think  that because he’s into cars now he really enjoys watching “Blaze and the Monster Machines.” That seems to be his favorite show now.

Also, Erwin actually was the one to notice that each time Gio goes into his ball pit he always picks up a blue ball. That ball bit has 300+ balls (I’m serious) of multiple colors but Gio always crawls out with a blue one to play with. We tested this out a couple times paying close attention to how he searches for a ball, and each time he picked out a blue one. He would dig through or look around until he spots a blue one. I thought it was too early for him to have favorites, like a color, but apparently not!

Balls seem to be all little kids favorite thing, or one of them at least, and Gio is no exception. He loves throwing them down the steps to play catch with Erwin, tossing it around the floor and following it, and especially kicking it around- his dad has high hopes of him loving soccer as much as him and it seems so far that he might. I love soccer as well ( what made me want to become a sports broadcaster) so who knows, maybe the chances are high? ‘Cause Erwin and I like to watch it and talk about it with one another, and there’s been times when Gio will sit or lay besides us and watch too! But you never know, he might end up being whatever about it.

Gio is also really funny. He does the silliest thing and the silliest faces, and he seems to be completely aware of it. He notices when you laugh and will keep doing it over and over until he’s over it lol

It’s been so much fun watching him grow and find himself! Especially now that he’s in that time where he discovers and learns a lot! I’ll be sure to keep you guys updated 🙂