The day after Christmas, I did something very ordinary but very special. I spent the whole day with just my little boy and me. We had no playdates, he didn’t go to school, and even his dad was gone all day until after he went to bed. It was just us…sun up to bedtime.
This really isn’t something new for many moms, especially ones that stay home. But for us, there is often someone else around to spend time with Logan–teachers, grandparents, babysitter, friends to play with, or other extended family, especially over a holiday week. But for us, a whole day alone doesn’t happen often. And it is exhausting! Without giving an hour-by-hour breakdown, here is what we did.
Logan stayed in his pj’s until about 9:30 a.m., after his first nap. We played in the playroom, ate breakfast, changed diapers, I followed him up the stairs multiple times.
We went to Whole Foods and Starbucks at about 10 a.m. to get us out of the house. I got my second latte of the season. He woke up very mad from his 25 minute nap, probably because it wasn’t long enough, but was very happy at the grocery. Then we came home, had a bottle, played more, and I decided to take a short walk with him. We bundled up, him in a hooded jacket and two blankets over him in the stroller, and walked about 30 minutes. He ended up falling asleep (which never happens anymore), but woke up when we got home. I gave him a little lunch, we played, and then he took a nap.
After his nap, he had a bottle and I decided to leave again. We went to The Children’s Museum together, which we hadn’t done before. I was skeptical about going during Winter Break, but it was fine. Easy to get to (no traffic!), easy to park, and he played nicely in the baby room, “tot spot.” We came home, he screamed the whole way, he snacked on a graham cracker, we walked Lily, played, climbed the stairs, ate dinner, had a bath, bottle, and he went to bed.
It was as ordinary as it could get, and it was sure fun and special.