Babying My Baby

We needed milk tonight, and Luke would stop to get it after working on the house, probably bringing it home pretty late. Baby C has done alright just drinking water when this happens, but I couldn’t be certain what his temperament would be like this evening when the milk ran out. So, I decided to stick even closer with him than usual, providing lots of entertainment to hopefully keep his mind off any missing bottles. We all played outside after dinner, then I brought the kids in to do baths. He always enjoys getting a tubby! While the other kids bathed and cleaned up, I read him his favorite book, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and played a game he was making up as we went along, kind of like peekaboo. I sang him some songs; if I mentioned his name in any of the verses he would light up and giggle. One year olds are incredibly aware and bright- I never get over how much they can understand. I got to thinking about how rare what I was doing, sitting on the floor just enjoying being with him, really was. The other kids usually keep him occupied most of the day, and I just sweep him up out of the throng when he needs food or a diaper change. He is normally a terrific sleeper at night, so I don’t have that one-on-one time with him then, either. Eren’s post about spending time with a special girl in Nicaragua during a recent trip really has had me feeling challenged to do better at making the most of my days with my kids. Somehow, I should be able to meet the kids’ needs, and still have a kept home. Many times the kept home takes priority over the kids’ need of me, on the floor, being part of their play. It is the latter that is more important. C completely reveled in my attention tonight. I’ve got to make that happen more often for them all.

We’ll have another chance to be together, C and I, on Wednesday, when I take him to the pediatrician. Somehow I don’t think this bonding time will garner the same sweet thoughts, as shots will be involved. 🙁

2 Replies to “Babying My Baby”

  1. I was thinking about this also. Baby Logan is really close to my oldest and loves playing games with daddy but I am afraid he does not get enough play time with me and does not always associate mommy with fun. It made me a little sad so I am trying to find some fun activites we can make part of our routine.

  2. V-I was just thinking this week about how different my life would be if I had lots of little ones and wondering how I’d handle the little ones differently. This note was a reminder to be thankful for my little family and how God knows exactly what he is doing, of course! 🙂 This post made me smile and sad at once. I have no doubt that C knows how loved he is, and he gets loved by LOTS of family, but I cannot imagine that scenario and will appreciate more how my days go-because they are much the way God made me to be. Brown Bear Brown Bear has been a favorite here too and still makes frequent appearances. Good thing I like it. Maybe I should stop spicing it up with funny accents.

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