...in attitude and all. It was almost like someone had told Koa that when he became two all of his answers should be "no" and he should be fussy and stubborn about every possible thing. I was a bit concerned at first, but then I realized he was about on schedule for his routine of "checking to make sure all the rules still apply". This usually happens about every six weeks and as long as we stick to our guns and don't give any slack we pass through it without too much stress. This time it lasted several days, but we made it through and now our (mostly) sweet boy is back for another six weeks or so.
You will find pictures in the brand new 2 year old photo album of Koa going ice skating for the very first time. I was a bit concerned when we left Stroller Strides and started towards the skating rink that day since Koa had been in his mood for a day or two already (i.e. yelling "no" at anyone who told him happy birthday!) I just wasn't sure it was going to be much of a success. I even called Zak to see if he had any reason to opt out. He said, "We've already planned it, let's just do it." So we trudged on... When we got to the Ice Palace I got Koa's skates and started putting them on and he was very excited to get to wear "boots" (he was considerably less affectionate about his long pants, however), so I thought that was a good sign. When he was all laced up I set him down on the floor (and my toe while I was still wearing slippers! OUCH!) and he immediately started to scream. He was not interested in that unbalanced feeling! He didn't want anything to do with standing up, but he also was not interested in sitting down. At this point I was pretty certain the day was a wash!
When Zak got there he took Koa for a minute while I got my skates on and took a twirl (HA!) on the ice to get my bearings. Oh, my goodness! Ice skating is so much harder than I remember it being! At this point I had very bad mental images of me falling on top of my poor, unhappy, two year old son on his birthday! There was no way this was going to be a successful day. I should probably have hung up the skates right there and then. But, no, I took Koa from Zak and headed for the ice. I set him down immediately inside the rink and his feet started flailing and I was doing everything I could to maintain my balance and all I hear is....giggling? I couldn't believe my ears! Koa thought it was so funny to be completely off balance apparently. So we spent the next hour or so being just that--off-balance! It took me a while to figure out just how to help Koa along so that it wasn't killing my back, but once we got it figured out we had a ton of fun! We didn't even have any uncontrolled falls. The only times we both ended up down on the ice was by choice. Zak ended up playing photographer this time, but I'm pretty sure we will be doing this again some day soon and then the tables will turn! Koa has been asking for "states" every since that day. We will have videos sometime soon. You will have to bug Zak about that.
We finished that part of the day off with lunch which was pizza with Daddy and Uncle Brad and then I ran Koa ragged at Costco and took him home and put him to bed. After his nap we played for a while and then opened presents from Stimple and Tutu and had dinner. After dinner we took him to Baskin Robbins and let him get his very own scoop of chocolate ice cream which he insisted on eating with the tester spoon instead of the real spoon. You will have to imagine the mess--we didn't take the camera! It was pretty late already so I'm sure we looked like terrible parents taking our two year old to get ice cream at 9 PM. Oh well!
We had intended to do a dinner with friends or something as a low-key party for him, but this week has just been so crazy with other activities that we just could not seem to fit it in the schedule. I think he had a pretty good day anyway.