Sunday, 15 March 2015

{The Ordinary Moments 15} #11 'A Funny Little Obsession'

I don't know if any other toddlers have funny obsessions with things, but since before he could walk, Little One has had a funny obsession. It's something which isn't a toy but an everyday household object; a psychadelic pink long handled dustpan and sweeping brush. It's one of those things that I have to hide in strategic places when he's around, otherwise he will want to play with it all day, he will want to carry it upstairs when he has a nap or a nappy change. He's well and truly obsessed with it.

Why is it that despite having lots of lovely, interesting toys, toddlers will always find things which aren't their toys much more exciting and interesting to play with? He'd be happier opening all the kitchen drawers and cupboards, emptying out spice jars, cups, spilling flour and dry spaghetti all over the floor than actually playing with his own kitchen. To a toddler it must be such an exciting adventure and really all they want to do is copy what mummy and daddy are doing. They want to be little adults and I think they often realise more than we think. They take it all in, watching us do our daily chores, cooking, emptying the dishwasher, hoovering, folding the laundry (a futile activity in my case as Little One loves nothing more than to come and help put laundry away, unfolding it all in the process!). 

These really are the most ordinary of moments for most of us I'm sure, and to think how often Little One must watch me do these tasks week by week, it's no wonder he wants to join in and copy his Mummy- especially with the sweeping brush. I'm starting to think my obsession with cleaning is not a good one! This week he took his obsession with the sweeping brush to a whole new level. We went out for a regular little walk down our lane, and needless to say, who had to come along for the ride? Yes, the psychadelic sweeping brush. Luckily, we only have 2 neighbours otherwise I think people might have thought I'd totally lost the plot. We went up and down our road countless times, dragging the sweeping brush around, brushing the hedges, and sweeping pebbles up. 

We only went out to get a few minutes of fresh air and to get some photos with the horses in the field. I'm glad I had my camera though as he made me chuckle so much and the photos sum up his toddler personality perfectly.We never actually made it to look at the horses because someone was too busy sweeping pebbles off the neighbours driveway ;)





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  1. This is just so sweet :) Ethan's the same, he'll watch us doing things when we don't even realise he's taking any interest and then he'll copy us doing it a few minutes later. They do just want to be little adults don't they?! :) x

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    1. Hehe thanks Alex :) Ethan has one of those little mini dyson hovers doesn't he? It'd be fabulous if all this cleaning they like to do actually cleaned up some of the mess rather than making it worse! It's very sweet that they want to be like us grown ups though :) x

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  2. What beautiful photos! His cheeky little smile. You are so right, they do become obsessed with the weirdest little things. Mads has had some funny little obsessions over the years and LL is obsessed with a couple of random toys, usually the cheapest ones, that she carries everywhere with her. That pink brush suits him very well! Haha! xx

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  3. Haha, this is brilliant, I think it is such an interesting pattern on the handle I'm not surprised he's obsessed with it. I adore that last photo, his smile is amazing, so much character. These are great pictures #ordinarymoments

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  4. This made me giggle! Phoenix loves household things, he is currently obsessed with henry hoover and the huge broom! xx

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  5. Oh thank goodness it's not just my toddler who's obsessed with sweeping! Broomgate, as we like to call it, started at around 11 months. He's now 2 years and 2 months and still going strong, to the point where my mum bought him a toy version of a cleaner's trolley! He loves to clean the cupboards with a water spray bottle and cloth, and we also regularly take the broom outdoors. I can't fathom it, but as you say he's probably also just enjoying copying and "helping" me...

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