We have always had a rule in our home that Andrew can't touch the DVDs, because he will scratch them. A couple weeks ago he decided for himself and came and told me out of the blue, "I touch DVDs." He now thinks he is old enough to cross the parking lot by himself, and there is nothing in our home too high for him to reach. Andrew loves to play cards with Gilbert and I, but he doesn't always put all the cards back in the box so we started to lose some of the cards. I have one deck of cards that I told Andrew was just for Mommy and Daddy. Yesterday he got a stool from the kitchen and took it into the living room, opened the front closet and climbed up to the top shelf in the coat closet and got the one deck of cards that are Mommy's and Daddy's. He decided he was old enough to play with them now.
With this new phase of his I definitely can't leave him alone for a second anymore. He is so independent in everything he does.
Andrew now sleeps with me while Gilbert works nights so that I won't be alone. My favorite moment of everyday is when Andrew and I go to sleep he always says, "Hold my hand Mommy," and we fall asleep holding hands. I love that boy so much and I hope I can learn how to parent his independence in a way that will be positive. :)
I just went to check on Andrew because he was being way too quiet while I was making this post, and of course I found him in the living room assembling Gilbert's fly rod. I don't know how he picks up on things so fast, but he had every piece out of the case and the two bottom ones already connected. He is way too smart and wants to be a grown up already.