July 22, 2012

A Toby post

Just thought I'd record some of the cuteness/quirkiness of my Toby-man for entertainment and sentimental purposes:

We often get a slushie from the little shack down the road from us. As Toby was slurping up the last bits in his cup he exclaimed, "Mom, this slushie is rockin' my body!" 

Toby is absolutely obsessed with Transformers.  Not sure if you are all aware but there are about 4 different Transformers cartoons. With the modern cartoons obviously having better graphics and snazzier looking robots, I find it curious (but secretly love) that 90 percent of the time he insists on watching the original 80's episodes (and to be honest I actually like watching them too because the cheesy dialogue makes me laugh). But what I love is how Toby requests to watch it:  "Mommy, can I watch Transformers-more-than-meets-the-eye? Me: "You mean you want to watch Transformers?" Toby: "No! I want to watch Transformers-more-than-meets-the-eye!" Translation: "Transfomers"  means the newer cartoons and "Transformers-more-than-meets-the-eye" is the 80's version.  Funny guy.

Nick and I are trying to break Toby of the habit of peeing outside.  If he is in the privacy of our backyard and needs to go, we kind of don't really care.  But when our home teacher said he drove by our home the other day and nearly died laughing because he saw Toby suddenly jump off his bike, pull his pants down, and then jump right back on his bike, I about died from embarrassment. 

Toby is on this anti-girl kick lately.  Quite often when he wants to play with a friend, I'll go through a list of all his little buddies.  Colin and Canton are always are at the top of his list but when I get to Oaklee or Anna, he'll suddenly scrunch his nose and say, "Are they GIRLS?! (even though he knows they are) I don't like girls! Girls are boring!" Later he will play with said girls and have a blast. 

Since Toby is my first and Aspen is still fairly young, quite often I forget that his type of non-stop energy is more the exception in kids his age.  He's not ADHD or anything, he can focus on one activity at a time.  He just craves any kind of outlet for physical activity.  Between his sensitive nature and constant need for stimulation, he can be exhausting to parent.  One day we ran errands in the morning, he played with a friend for 4 hours straight in the afternoon and then just before dinner we went to Thanksgiving Point gardens where he ran around and played for an additional two hours.  I was certain as we were leaving he would be good and tired and ready for bed. But as we got into the car, he asked sincerely, "What are we going to do now, mommy? Can I play with a friend when we get home?"  Like I said, I forget most kids his age aren't wired that way, so it makes me smile when his friends are even asking for a break.  Several times this summer I have overheard a couple of them say things like, "Toby, I'm tired. Can we just sit down for a while?" Or sometimes they will start watching a program on TV and Toby will get mad and say things like, "Why aren't you playing with me?!"  It gives me a good chuckle and validates that my Toby-man is truly one-of-a kind.  :)

1 comment:

Jessie said...

Yeah, that is SOME energy he's got there. Wow. People often say to me: "There's a special place in heaven for mothers of all boys", but I think it counts for mothers of one-of-a-kind high-energy boys, too. :)