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Yesterday I took a shower while my 1.5-year-old son stayed in his room. I can see into his room from the shower (convenient) so I just close his gate and he sits calmly in there reading books or playing with toys. It’s great. He’s awesome. Anyway, yesterday he closed his door behind the gate. I’d rather it be open? But sometimes he closes it because he likes to do toddler things like close doors and it’s not that big of a deal if I can’t see him for a few minutes. When I was done with my shower, I went over to his room, slowly opened his door, and saw him sitting on a big plush chair with books around him and one open on his lap. He looked up and immediately said “BYE.”

BYE is kind of his new thing. It’s his way of telling me he wants to be alone, either for real (like yesterday) or for play (like when we’re playing a hiding/chasing game). And I might be the only parent who would ever feel this way? But yesterday when he said BYE to me I was kind of proud of him. My little introvert. My little Me Jr., who needs quiet time alone and has no problem requesting it.

I HEAR YA, BUDDY. I SO DO.

Art credit: Ben Skinner (reused; how can you blame me.)

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