As Makenna and I cuddle in bed before she goes to sleep each night, she will sigh a tired sigh and tell me “Let’s have a quiet day at home tomorrow, Mom.” I agree, sing her some songs, give her a kiss and then say goodnight. This happens almost every night.
Then every morning, she hops out of bed, bounces enthusiastically into my room and exclaims, “What fun things are we going to do today, Mom?!” So much for that quiet day.
Earlier this week I had an idea. When she asked me that question, I told her… “We’re going on a search for woolly mammoths!” Her eyes doubled in size, and her jaw dropped, while she started to jump up and down. A few seconds later she stop and asks “What’s a woolly mammof, Mom?”
I meant, of course, that we were going to the museum (by which she thought was a zoo, and I had to explain that no, there are no alive elephants and monkeys at the museum). I heard that it was admission by donation, and I knew I had to take advantage. I went to the museum a number of times on field trips in elementary school, and I LOVED it.
I decided we would leave just before baby boy’s nap time, and he would have a good 45 minute sleep in the car. Nothing compared to his usual 2+ hour crib nap, but it would suffice. This kid is throwing me for loops these days! He fell asleep in the car with about 10 minutes left on the drive. Seriously. He did pretty well though…and we managed to have a fun adventure.
Okay…enough with the dead animals.
Just hanging out, being a good little monkey (the only monkey, by the way, that we saw at the museum) 😉
I am so thankful that I have this time at home with my babies at this age. I know it’s not going to last forever, so I try to make the most of every day. I’m not always enthusiastic about packing up a million things for a solo-parent trip to the city; bottles, nipples, liners, hot water, formula, snacks, diapers, wipes, hats, water bottles, toys/books for the drive, camera! And so on and so on. But you know what? I’m pretty good at it by now 🙂 and I never regret it.