Penicillin is a wonderful thing! Aeryn is feeling much better already.
We only managed half an hour at the park before it got too cold and her cough was back with a vengeance, but man did we need that half hour!
She’s been so cooped up and feeling sorry for herself, plus she’s been bouncing off the walls at home with a mixture of frustration and pent up energy. Fresh air was so necessary. She loved the swing and the little car the most.
We have noticed that she’s struggling a little with the confidence to join in and share equipment, though. If another child is on a slide, she won’t climb the steps to slide next whatever we say, she wants to wait until no one else is on it. And if someone else comes to join her, she wants to get off.
We’re not sure where this has come from, really. She use to be so confident getting on with things. I think her social awareness is really developing and she’s aware of others a lot more now, which may be part of it. Perhaps she’s just lacking a little assertiveness to join in, or just prefers to play alone, maybe.
It’s something we’re going to keep an eye on, anyway. It’s so hard as a parent to know how much to intervene, how much to worry, how much to encourage or support or just let it be.
Ultimately, we’re going to trust that she’s doing fine. After all, she doesn’t have to play with others if she doesn’t want to! But equally, we don’t want her to be walked over because she’s lacking the social tools to know how to fill her space and have a turn too.
Being two is hard work! There’s so much still to learn once you can walk and talk!