I grew up with a sister. My mom also grew up with a sister. My grandmother, their mother, grew up as one of five girls. Needless to say, there are a lot of girls in my family.
When I was pregnant with Odin, we did not find out the gender until he was born. And even when he was born, I had to wait a couple of minutes for someone to finally tell me if the baby I just pushed out of my body was a boy or a girl. Given the number of girls in my family, a lot of people thought that I was going to have a girl. I never had “that feeling” about what I was having, I knew I was having a baby and all I wanted was for he or she to be healthy. I had very detailed dreams during my pregnancy, in which a toddler boy was following me everywhere, peeking out from behind walls. Then one night I had a dream about having a baby and was introducing the baby by the full boy name that we had picked out should the baby be a boy – Odin Edward Khan.
When he was a baby, he wasn’t much for napping. He was extremely observant and was constantly aware of what was going on around him. People would always tell me “you just wait a few more months, he’s going to be a busy one!”. My go-to response was “I run 80-100km a week, I think I can handle it,” and then I’d laugh a little. When he was 9 months old he started to walk – then roughly two weeks later, he was running everywhere. That’s when we knew we were in trouble – and by trouble, I mean constantly on toddler tornado watch.
Fast forward to today – Odin is just a few days shy of being 20 months old. That’s 4 months away from turning 2 (insert panic attack here), and as everyone so graciously informed me months ago, he is busy! He is constantly on the go and doesn’t want to miss out on anything. He is fiercely independent, knows exactly what he wants and pays unusual attention to detail for a kid his age. When I try to challenge him with different activities such as sorting shapes, building with blocks and wooden peg puzzles, he masters then after a couple of tries. Sure, he gets frustrated and throws fits when he can’t figure something out at first, but he applauds and is so proud of himself once he has mastered something new. He keeps us on our toes, and rarely goes to bed before 9:30pm, but to be honest, I wouldn’t have it any other way. I see so much of Ryan and myself in Odin and watching him learn all of these new skills has got to be the most rewarding experience we’ve ever had.
At the rate he is going, he will be joining me on my daily runs by the time he is 4 😉