Jet is beginning to make some buddies. He has his bible class buddies. And he has fun dancing around with the kids at toddler story time at our local library. This month we've been going to a mommy/baby class at Gymboree Play and Music - and he loves it! He never wants to leave and it's always so much fun for both of us - I can't stop smiling when I watch him walk around and throw bouncy balls and laugh at anything. :) Not that he's ever been deprived social interaction. He's got his family - aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents whom he enjoys immensely. And for the most part he has preferred his "grown up" time. I mean - grown ups are awesome - they can carry you around, reach things up high, and they pretty much do anything you want them to (yep - I'm pretty sure that's Jet's concept of grown-ups). But now his attentions are being drawn to those whom he can see eye to eye with. Well...most of the time...he still has to look up to some of his peers. ;) Man you should see some of the 2 year olds these days! It's hard to keep up! But nevertheless I've noticed Jet slowly starting to interact with other kids. So far his favorites are crawling babies, and 7-8 year olds - don't ask me why. There's something about crawlers that makes him smile and crouch down in a "hey little guy" fashion. Maybe it's because he still loves crawling. ;) And I'm thinking kids about 7-8 years old must seem like "fun-sized adults". They know you're a baby and think you're cute - they won't take your toys or poke at you - but they're small enough that you just know they'll be more fun to play with. And let's face it...they are. :) If you've got some 7-8 year olds hangin around your house - send them over - Jet will put them to good use. :)
But whatever the reason - he loves those 2 groups.
Now while he still ignores the vast majority of kids his own age - there is one little buddy he's known for some time now - and that is Miss Ansley. Their mommies are blogger buddies and signed them up for swim classes together last fall. They had a blast of course! So when the weather started warming up again - mommies decided it was time for a play date...
And...we might have turned it into a "mommies-who-like-to-talk-about-cameras-date" as well...
And here is how it went.
Jet showed Ansley the backyard.
Ansley liked it.
Jet showed Ansley how to play with huge bouncy ball.
Ansley is a fast learner.
Jet showed Ansley how to eat dirt.
(I'm not even kidding. I turned around and he had a mouthful.
I didn't even think that was a possibility. Apparently I was wrong.)
Thankfully, Ansley did not think this was a good idea.
(After an impromptu teeh brushing...)
Jet showed Ansley how he drinks from his sippy cup.
Ansley decided that looked like fun.
Jet regretted his decision.
asked demanded she bring it back, but Ansley is not one to be bossed around.
A little "Mommy intervention" rectified the situation.
And the afternoon continued in peace.
Jet showed Ansley how to smile so your upper lip disappears.
And Ansley showed Jet how to make the most of your lips.
As hard as he tried Jet could not master that kissy face.
No - still not it.
Oh well - back to a face he knows well.
When it was time to go, Jet made sure Ansley was taken care of.
Okay...maybe we still need to work on his "hosting skills" and maybe his sharing skills. ;) But they still had a great time! And so did we! I love seeing him with other kids. Even if they stay in their own little world half the time -
it is precious just seeing them in the same backyard.
We all agree, another play date is a must.