This was the sage advice given me by a friend when I explained my inability to start projects because I can’t quite envision the perfect end result. Start where you are. This might explain why my son is 27 months old and his baby book has about 4 pages filled in. This advice probably comes too late for the off the shelf baby book as we’ve obviously celebrated many firsts. Facebook will be his baby book, if only I could get started on copying all my status updates and comments into a photo book and call it a day. But just because we’ve achieved many of those first milestones doesn’t mean the story is over and since I can’t remember what I ate yesterday (unless I happen to have noted it as a Status Update), I’ll start where we are. (Disclaimer: I love a parenthetical and despite having a degree in Computer Science I’m not a tech savvy blogger….yet.)
Where we are today. 5 stars. Not a 5 star day to be sure (a snotty nose, way too much television and a missed workout lower the day’s rating to about a 3) but 5 stars on our chart, which earns a certain toddler a doughnut (not 5 star parenting either to be sure….).
It started out as a “try new foods” chart because I feel that we need to explore a world beyond bread, cream cheese, peanut butter and bananas. Then I decided to be a little liberal with the starts and gave him one for sitting through an entire adult dinner (w/ appetizers and salad!). And then I got desperate because he was being stubborn and refusing to use the potty until it was too late. The next chart will have a different title. And more boxes.
Just getting started,