J is entering a stage I really enjoy. It is one where he welcomes the idea of pretend play. So I can let him take the lead and he’ll make me into a rainbow, Ry into a rainbow and my wife into an evil witch who destroys the rainbow. I like this kind of play because we can all be involved with it.
Today Ry, J and I continued this theme. J and I were polar bears, but we were trapped in an octopus. Ry, the magician was able to save us from the octopus. In another scene, J was the dad and I was the child. It was my birthday, but the octopus tried to intrude. And then I thought the party was today, but it was tomorrow, so we had to all go to sleep. So I got to be the annoying child that continues to call his parents to put help him go to sleep. I later became the birthday cake. And then it was time for follow the leader.
Ry put on the Pop Fly, from Justin Roberts, and J led the way around the room. We would do silly dances, runs, and kick our legs off the ottoman. As I felt my belly jiggle, I wondered whether this was the best exercise for me. But seeing them work together, and J’s excitement to lead made it worth an extra jiggle or two.