Scott has been a lot of fun for awhile, but on Monday, he became more "companion" than kid. That afternoon, we ventured out to the park at Town Square with plans to play, then eat dinner at Whole Foods. Yes, I had to instruct him to not throw the peppers in the produce department and to stay by me while in line, but overall, he was an excellent little Bear. He walked on his own, free of the stroller, gripping my hand tightly and pulling me back as cars drove me ("Car coming, Momma," he says cautiously, pulling me out of harm's way. Mind you, the cars are in the street and we are on the sidewalk, but that's just semantics to your average toddler.) As we walked through the stores, he sat patiently while I shopped (even his father has not yet mastered this). And then, best of all, he ate a great dinner across the table from me - not next to me. It was a major parenting coup, or felt like one, at least. I'm not sure what other families experience - maybe 2.5 years old is really late to hit this stage? - but I do know dinners out are extremely pleasant right now. Cheers to that.
He even had me giggling by disappearing under the table and popping back up. Silly Bear.
Even Brian is enjoying our maturing Bear. They snuggled on the couch last night watching "Inside Edition" while munching on popcorn. They looked so content, I hated to take Scotty up for bubble tub.