Friday, November 27, 2009

Sweet Mommy & Me Time -- by Robin

I just have to share...Seth lost his two front baby teeth....and it's a precious sight. He would kill me if I posted a current photo of him here...but trust me....his toothless grin is one that I'm trying my best to capture and preserve for posterity. I took a ton of photos when he was in the bath earlier this week. Surprisingly, he cooperated and grinned from ear to ear. He has always, for the most part, embraced the camera and looks great in photos (we've been told he could model), but every now 'n then he gets into a mood and bans picture taking of any kind.

This week was parent teacher meetings, so he had half a day before Thanksgiving. (We meet with his teachers next week.) I didn't make any particular plans for us, other than knowing I planned to take him to buy ice skates. He's been on the ice three times thus far (once for a lesson) in the last two weeks , and is totally in his element there. I must confess, I personally much prefer sitting by the fireplace outside the rink with a good book. So, if my husband and I take him, I dart back 'n forth between the rink and cozy sitting place. I'm torn because I want to watch Seth make skating strides, yet the chill combined with lack of seating isn't my thing.

In the past I have stressed a bit knowing Seth is off from school....feeling the need to make plans to keep him busy. ..whether I schedule a playdate or something else. This time, I just let it go, and the end result was a nice one. Seth was quite content for a long time to play in the house, and he was excited in the skate store to watch the owner sharpen the skate blades. (Seth has always been very mechanical.) After that, we did a couple of errands...and he picked out a cute Hanukkah gift at Rite Aide for one of his cousins. I was very touched that he thought of her. He's a big-hearted kid.

He was happy when I agreed to take him to the local pizza place for dinner. And, afterwards (my husband worked late), we watched a movie on cable together. It was really a pleasant afternoon, and Seth was good company. I treasure times like this.

He wasn't ansi and asking, as he sometimes does over 'n over again, what are we doing? And, I wasn't anxious about needing to respond in a strategic fashion. I'm not a mom who overschedules her child. I think downtime is important...you have to know your child. But, that said, Seth often likes to be on the go, so balance becomes essential. And, I can't always anticipate the mood he'll be in in terms of wanting to be home to play or not.

I'm just grateful that on this given day, we had really nice mommy & me time, and if I can look forward to that on his other upcoming days off, our time together will be all sweeter.

Hope you & your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the time off together!!

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7 Comments:

Blogger Cara Meyers said...

I also treasure those rare moments! I am so glad you were able to experience one of those moments especially on a half day with your husband working late! Then it does make it all the more sweet!!

11:33 AM  
Blogger Raina said...

Your post left me with that warm, cozy feeling, thank you. It's often those impromtu days that are the best, and leave the warmest memories for you and your child. We need to take mental snapshots of these shared times and treasure them.

5:45 PM  
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6:21 PM  
Blogger WhataTrip said...

Love your site. Thanks!

6:26 PM  
Blogger KLF113 said...

So nice to have those quiet, just hanging out times with your kids too! I appreciate them so much more now than I did as a younger mom (I gave birth to my son at age 25, then adopted my daughter at 41). Great post!

6:58 PM  
Blogger Lois said...

Special moments can be a rare treat. Sometimes we just have to leave the dishes in the sink and the laundry in the washer to make time for creating treasured memories. That's what life is all about anyway...creating the best memories ever!! Thanks for sharing your stories.

7:18 PM  
Blogger RJenkins said...

So sweet-my daughter lost both her front teeth over the summer and they are just coming in now. I've been teaching her "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth." I used the quite time to take all my kids (ages 7, 4, 2) to the movies. We laughed and stuffed popcorn into our faces. I enjoy their time off an ddon't view it as a burden. Hope you enjoyed your holiday.

1:43 PM  

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