I used to feel really conflicted about having such a night owl kid, but ever since Ivo's had a nice big bed of his own, and a peaceful, playful space to relax and unwind, I've just let it go. There are times when it is so late, like one a.m. or later, and he is just hard at work with his pattern blocks or one of his puzzles, or having a conversation with his stuffed lynx or playing papa to his baby doll, Peter, and I just feel blessed to be able to accommodate his own style of learning and living. He does some of his most creative and engrossing work late at night. Like his dad. Not so much like me. Which is why it is such a wonderful thing to have a full-sized bed in Ivo's room. It's perfect for snuggling together and reading stories, and sometimes I get so cozy I just spend the night. And he plays and plays as I drift off to sleep, eventually cuddling up next to me and nodding off. We don't even keep a clock in the room, which is a nice reminder that for right now we have the luxury of not keeping time.
I fell in love with those bird cards from eeboo when I worked in a toy shop and bought them with my discount, and Ivo loves his "tree" which appeared in our yard one morning after a wind storm. The little green lamp is such a treasure. I don't know where my mom picked it up but it somehow ended up as mine and I find it very charming. The little pails to the left of the lamp spell out I-V-O with vintage reproduction alphabet stickers. They were a gift from my sister and Ivo keeps all of his tiny treasures in them.
But my favorite things are the little playtime scenes that appear on this tabletop. There is always something new going on here, and it always makes me smile. Signs that wheels are turning, ideas are being carried out, and creativity is afoot. At two in the afternoon or two in the morning, it's good stuff all the same.