If there is one thing that never fails to surprise me, it’s the creativity and imagination that kids show. I’m very guilty for not always giving my kids (and kids in general) enough credit for how smart they are. I’m constantly being reminded that innocence and age do not equate to being less clever than dear old Mama.
My only hope is that I have a few years before my kids discover this.
Over the last couple of weeks, my hubby and I were noticing little things being moved around in our bedroom at night when we’d go to bed. Being the incredibly smart and observant people that we are, we quickly pointed the finger at each other. I actually think it was a few days before we even brought it up with each other. I just figured hubby was moving my magazines out of the way and decluttering my nightstand for reasons that weren’t worth bringing up when all I wanted to do is fall facedown in bed and wake-up some 12-15 hours later.
When we finally figured out that it had to be our 3 year old doing this (the toddler is still crib-bound and hasn’t figured out how to jump ship…yet), he gleefully owned up to his brilliance and shared how he waits until we go downstairs after putting him to bed, then he sneaks into our room to reshuffle something around and sneaks back to his room.
And so the Sneakster was created.
Now, it’s quite possibly one of the funnest games we play every night. He eagerly awaits our trip down the stairs so he can run into our room and find something to change. Some days he’s still awake and waiting for us to find his latest creation, other days he’s already asleep and fesses up to what he did first thing the next morning. Either way, I think it’s one of the greatest games we’ve ever played. I’ll freely admit that I’m more excited to find what he’s moved than he likely is in moving our stuff around.
Here are some highlights from the Sneakster. For those that follow me on Instagram, you’ll see these images posted daily. Except when he’s moving around my underwear…
I really hope this phase lasts awhile