Those who have been reading for some time know how much having “the toddler” changed me. Giving birth was eye opening on so many levels. It affected how I look at my body and how I choose to live my life. It changed my career path and even made me, ME, a morning person. I’m not sure I’d be the same today with out my little guy. Actually, I am sure of it… I wouldn’t be.
I’m coming to the realization that my ultimate motivation is growing up and as Mom learns how to deal with losing her toddler, he is enthusiastically following her healthy lead. From telling the husband he drinks too much soda to asking me if his graham crackers are a healthy choice for snack, he’s aware, before the age of 4, that some foods are “treats” and others give you energy to be healthy and happy.
Don’t worry. He is far from being obsessed. With his love of candy and father’s influence I’m happy to say his diet is not perfect. It’s a lot like mine — overall good, healthy whole foods with a dash of processed sugar-laden treats. Everything in moderation, right?
What can I say when you have a child who eats like this…
(both pics taken May 2007)
…you don’t mind saying yes to a Swedish fish now and then. Not to mention our occasional trip to the local candy store where we each get to pick out our one thing.
But his diet isn’t what I’m most proud of, nope, it’s his love of activity and interest in exercise I admire. Today, after my morning run, he asked for the iPod and then proceeded to run laps around the house for 20 minutes. I can’t help but think my involving him in my runs, bringing him to races and celebrating my accomplishments has had a *wee* bit of influence.
He also loves taking walks, enjoys his sports class and, when I brought home a new yoga mat the other day was SO excited I had to show him a few moves.
I have a tear writing this. I have 3 more weeks until the toddler turns 4. People told me it would go too fast, and I listened. I soaked up every possible moment of baby and toddler-ness I could and as my motivation turns into my workout partner I can’t help but look ahead with curious anticipation as we continue to grow, learn and live a healthy life together.
P.S. YES I know I can’t call him “the toddler” anymore. Don’t worry, I’ll be having a poll on his birthday as to what his new title should be.