Diggers and Dump Trucks and Cranes, Oh My!

Vehicles and heavy machinery… they continue to delight and amaze.

We have new-home construction going on behind our house, and I tell you, it’s hours of free entertainment. I can put the kids in front of the window and go out for a pint get ready in the mornings. I’ll even find myself pulling up a seat to watch the backhoe dig enormous holes or the crane lift huge sections of roof onto the houses.

Thursday mornings are exciting times in our house, too. Forget the ice cream truck; here comes the garbage truck! I wonder how many little boys they see on their routes, standing in the driveways in their jammies?

There’s just something about vehicles, even if I already admitted I don’t always get the fascination. At a recent playdate, the Cozy Coupe had to be put away ‘for a break’ due to 3 boys constantly trying to mash into it like clowns in a Volkswagen (OK, that fascination I get. I’d try to get in, too, if I could fit, and propel myself Fred Flintstone-style around the house. Brrmmm!).

Little Bro, cuddly as he is, never took to one stuffed buddy like his Big Bro did (who amassed a small town of buddies). He does, however, love to always be holding a vehicle, one in each hand. Usually, one of them is his favourite school bus, and the other he likes to mix up between a digger, car or some sort of truck, depending on what the occasion dictates. Looks like Edward Scissorhands, but with cars.

One day we went out for the afternoon, and he held onto those cars with a death grip the whole time. I could see the deliberation at the playground, where he wanted to climb, but his hands were full. The tough life of a toddler.

With that, I give you my  rigmarole ritual for dressing such a toddler. You have to be quick, though, or suffer the wrath.

P.S.: Don’t try to stuff the whole vehicle-and-fist combo through the sleeve. It’ll be just as big a panic when it only fits halfway.

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Category: Babies & Toddlers, Family, Kids

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I am a lifelong (award-winning!) cartoonist and mother of two delightful boys, aged 7 and 5. I like to view today's adventures in parenting as material for tomorrow's cartoon. Looking at family life through "cartoon-coloured glasses" helps me keep the all-important sense of humour required for raising kids... even for the events that don't seem so funny at the time.

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  1. Reese Speaks says:

    Awesome post! I know what you mean where dressing a little tike concerned. My little guy is the same way! Loved the play-by-play pic as well!

  2. KD says:

    The construction in your neighbourhood sounds like delightful entertainment for your boys! I wasn’t interested in vehicles or heavy machinery as a child, but my brother certainly was!

  3. kathy downey says:

    Fun Fun….the owners next door were paving their driveway and my grandson never misses a thing !

  4. Laurie P says:

    Totally takes me back to when my boy was small. Don’t ever lose one in a grocery store, you’ll never be able to leave until you find that truck/car/train. Been there, done that. On to round 2.

  5. Victoria Ess says:

    Haha I totally know what you mean about toddlers having that death grip on their toy du jour.

  6. kathy downey says:

    I have seen gently removing it from a sleeping hand lol

  7. kathy downey says:

    I love your cartoon!

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