Since the day Missy Moo was born, Buba’s life has never been the same. No undivided attention is on him. People coming to visit no longer coo over him, they said, “hey buddy,’ and walk pass to coo over his baby sister instead. I can imagine for a two year old this must be so confusing. I have tried my hardest to make sure we still do all the fun activities we did when it was just him, like music, swimming, play groups. For the most part we have, but other than swimming his sister is always with us too.
Recently, I have cut his naps down to one and half hour, he is getting older now and doesn’t need as much sleep during the day. Obviously naptime is Mommy time, and I know this will soon be all over, so I cherish the mini break I get to run around to do my to do list for the house and cutting into that was a bummer at first. But I was excited about one thing, cutting a half hour off his nap gives Buba a half hour with just Mommy everyday now. Time where I can sololy focus on just him. It is great not to have to split my attention. I could tell he really loves this new half hour. He now knows when he wakes up that it’s time with just Mommy. “Mommy, play cars?” is usually his first sentence. So yesterday while the sun was shining, oh, so bright and warm, I pulled out the double slide we had in the garage from last summer, a few lounge chairs, a soccer ball, his Lightening McQueen scooter, and had the back yard (garden) ready for some spring time fun when he woke up. I woke him up, and whispered, “Mommy has a surprise for you”. You should have seen his face light up. I took him out back and as soon as he saw everything he didn’t know where to start first. He ran over to his scooter, “I scoot, I scoot.” I couldn’t believe how much he had grown up since last summer when we got him the scooter. We used to push him around on it, now he was scooting all by himself. It was amazing to watch. He is becoming this big little boy so fast.
Then it was jungle gym time! He climbed up the slide, where we played king of the mountain and Mommy mostly played fetch with the golf balls as he rolled each one down the slide, over and over. He thought it was hilarious shouting at me to get them. Overall, a half hour is a long time for a kid, and dedicating a half hour a day to just him has really been amazing for the both of us. He was laughing so much and melting my heart yesterday with his squeals and “Mommy, this way”. I really look forward to each day, being creative and seeing what activities the two of us can do while Missy Moo finished her nap. It really brought back great memories of the first year of his life, when it was just me and my little boy who is not so little anymore.