Bring on the sun!

>> Wednesday, March 17, 2010

For the past three days, we have gone for walks. Outside. Without coats. Spring is definitely here. The world is beautiful again, and I am feeling a strange mix of nostalgia and anticipation. I want to be outside all the time. I love opening the windows and listening to the birds chirping and the neighbourhood kids playing.

I am so excited to take walks through the nature preserve, and head down to the playground by the lake. There is sand there. And concession stands. And a LOT of slides and swings and jungle gyms for my little guy to play on. I can't wait to dip his feet in the water for the first time, and see the look on his face the first time he feels the sand on his little toes.

Can't wait. And because he is so big and hefty now, and we plan on doing a LOT of outdoorsy stuff this summer, we ordered an ergo last night, and it shipped today. Yay!

I am going to miss the snuggly closeness of the moby wrap, but he's just getting too heavy, and it's time to move on.

I can't wait to take Our Sweet Baboo to the petting zoo, the Metro Toronto Zoo, berry picking, the pool, the fair, the farmers market, Niagara Falls, just about every summer activity out there. And I fully plan on letting him try cotton candy and ice cream and all the crap that good mothers don't let their kids eat. Because I plan on eating it myself, and nobody likes a hypocrite.

But yes, even with all the excitement of really being able to share this summer with a one-year-old (eek!), I'm feeling a little nostalgic for the things that summer used to represent. Like staying out really late at bonfires on the beach, drinking hard lemonade and playing guitar.

Going on Vacation. We may camp this summer or next, but it'll be awhile before we're able to afford a "real" vacation again. You gotta be financially responsible when you have a kiddo.

Or laying in a hammock all day, intermittently flipping through a novel and napping. (My kid is a handful. No relaxation for me.)

Of course it's totally not necessary to throw in the cliche that I wouldn't trade my kid for any of that stuff. Of course I wouldn't, none of us would, we love our little guys and gals. But I'd be lying if I said I wasn't REALLY looking forward to when he finally starts sleeping through the night and I can leave him with a sitter, get a hotel room with a late check out, and escape with the Hubbs for 24 hours.

I'd be lying if I said I didn't wish we could afford a baby AND a vacation. Or that I didn't wish my husband wasn't going to be in school all summer, leaving me to contend with our son while he studies by day and attends classes by night. Who doesn't want to have it all? Or at least, most of it?

But in spite of what we don't have and can't do, there's plenty that we DO have and CAN do! Its going to be a wonderful summer, the almost-perfect wrap up to our son's first year. I can't wait. Bring on the sun!


Anonymous March 25, 2010 at 9:16 AM  

OK, I love your blog, I'm a new follower :-)

Great post, and I love hearing of people may age-ish with a kid. My hubby and I would like to have one in the next couple years, and I keep hearing, "You're so young! Just wait awhile..." Why? I'm tired of doing what's "smart." I want to do what feels right. :-)

Also, my friend has her first baby, and as he was outgrowing her Moby wrap I made her a mei tai. You can see a picture and a link to directions here:

So if you're much of a was a pretty easy project. Or if not,I'm sure you could find one online. My only point being, it still lets her be very snuggly, but gives her a lot more support. And you can wear it front, back or side, so you have options for what's comfortable for what you're doing. Just thought I'd share!

The Psycho Mama March 30, 2010 at 9:11 AM  

Thanks for your comments! I would love to be able to make a Mei Tei, but I can't sew at all. One of the things on my list of 101 Things to do in 1001 Days is to learn even BASIC sewing. I definitely would love to be able to do homemade projects like that, it is so much thriftier and I think handmade things are special. Your friend is lucky that you were able to help her out with that!
As for the right time to have a baby, only you can decide that. It was definitely NOT the right time for my husband and I, but it worked out and we are happy :)


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