Today it was just me and my boy, all day. Daddy could only stop at home for a few minutes in-between a long day at work, and a work-related dinner event afterward. Days like this feel long and strange.
After naptime and lunch, I decided to haul out the painting I have been working on, and to get Simon all set up to paint too. Previously, I had discovered he preferred to use q-tips as paintbrushes, rather than his fingers. So the last time we were in a craft store I let him pick out his very own paintbrush. Today was his first time using it, and he took right to it as though he had been using one all his life, although he also did use his hands a bit in the end. He made three paintings, and then added some paint to the paper hearts we colored on yesterday. I made some good progress on my own piece, leaving just some final detailed brushwork to do.
I truly believe in this kind of role-modeling. I know that Simon is always more likely to do something if I do it too, and participation in creative activities together also helps us bond. If he sees that his Mumma loves to paint and make art, he will come to know it as fun. Even if I had just been playing around with paint, and not working on a specific piece, it is always good to spend this kind of time together.