So, as I may have mentioned, we went a bit overboard for Christmas. A few months ago we found a hand built play kitchen base on a buy/sell/trade group and fixed it up and added to it. It came out pretty great, I won’t lie.
It’s been a bit astonishing to watch him play with it. We knew that he wouldn’t be at a point where he would play “appropriately” with it yet but he loves to take things out and put them in and is very interested in it. It’s actually the thing we have seen him take the most interest in pretty much ever. We thought it would be way too old for him but it seems like it came at just the right time.
Along those lines, my dad (upon our recommendation) got him a kitchen helper. If you don’t know a kitchen helper (or learning tower, which is the major brand) is something that you can put up to the counter so your kiddo can be at counter height and help in the kitchen. It’s the same idea as a chair but closed in on all four sides. We thought this would be something that he would grow in to and in many ways it is but he likes it now. He can climb up into it all by himself and likes to watch what we are doing and I put up his kitchen stuff so he can move along with us.
It’s kind of blowing me away. I often realize suddenly that he’s ready for something that I had no idea he was ready for until there he is, doing it. Christmas has been a huge lesson in that – don’t underestimate the baby. We bought him big ole crayons today – we’ll see how that goes tomorrow!