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. 🙁