Thursday, April 21, 2016

Baking With A Toddler

Yesterday Bug and I worked together to make yummy cupcakes for a few of our friends at Bible Study. I have had Bug's help in the kitchen before, but she always got so bored after a while. This was the first time that she stayed through the entire process of baking. She was also very enthusiastic that we were making cupcakes, her play kitchen has plastic cupcakes - she knew exactly what we were trying to do. 

I have to admit, she did most of the work. And because of that, it meant that I needed to teach, let her figure it out, and also have a bit of patience. It was lovely seeing Bug soak in all the instructions and then try her best to adapt it in a way that would work for her. It also made me realize that I needed to be very careful in how I instructed her. I needed to slow down, to explain, to show her how, and to let her spill the sprinkles everywhere. As I will joke : "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times." But truly honestly, this is something that I will continue to do with my baby. Not only just to see her excitement as it all comes together, as the mess we stirred together forms into something beautiful, but also because I cherish these moments. The moments that I can explain and show her how to do something. Where she can be ridiculously excited and make up a woohoo cupcake dance as they cook in the oven. As she shows me that she is fearless and willing to do it all. And seeing the joy in her eyes as I tell her just what a good job she did. Yes, regardless of spills and copious amounts of icing ate, we will be doing this again. 
Insert woohoo cupcake dance here. 

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