Spring is upon us, folks, and I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. I was sick of the cold, sick of the snow, sick of bundling. I’m ready for those days when we can drive around with the windows down, go places without heating the car up and scraping the windshield first, and sit outside with a nice cold beer glass of lemonade. And, with this new season, came yet another first for my growing-way-too-old son, his first trip to the park!!
I can’t even describe how exciting this was for me. Even before I was a mother I would think about how great it is going to be to just take a last minute ride to the park for some much needed fresh air and hours of fun and exercise. Luckily I did not cry, though I got choked up a few times thinking about it. It wasn’t a long trip, but it was well worth it. To see my big man in the swing, the wind blowing through his “duck hair” (thank you Trace for that perfect description). Some smiles and laughing, and of course, mostly his serious “taking it all in” face.
Sitting on the ground with him once again reminded me how quickly he is growing. Sitting in front of me, barely needing my support. Reaching into the grass and grasping everything in sight. Actually interacting with his BFF Gavin, a sneak peek to what a different child he’ll be in just TWO MONTHS. By the middle of the summer, he’ll be following Gav around, eating the mulch just like his big buddy. 🙂
The best part was definitely, for me, finally enjoying some time with my baby. It’s been a long time since I’ve had any time (between jobs, feedings, changings, errands, etc, etc) to just drop everything to just be with my baby. Thank you Tracey for calling me and giving me a reason to do that. Had you not called, I would have run errands and then hurried home to get more work done. But instead I got to remember what I love so much about being a mom, seeing all of these firsts, seeing smiles on his face, and getting to experience the joys of parenthood. An uninterrupted amount of time to just be a happy mom with a happy baby. AND I got to see a friend, another rarity these days. So, to you, I am grateful.