It was a perfectly hot and steamy day yesterday, so naturally a visit to the park was in order. We walked over and met my mom and Hailey. And wouldn’t you know it, as soon as we got there a bus pulled up and unloaded about 50 kids. The park was a mad house. Theres a small splash pad at the park and at one point I was waiting to go down the slide with the kids and the two girls were about to go down but one girl grabbed the others arm…”wait, rub your butt all over it so it gets really slippery”. So yeah, basically I was walking around with a wet pants all afternoon.
Either way, we all had fun, I used my shirt as a tissue for Hailey three times and Cooper came home and napped for 2 HOURS! I’m jealous of all you mommies who have babies that actually nap. It just doesn’t happen on the regular around here.
Anyways, it’s Friday and I have a million and two things to do so….on to the pictures!
Those slides are not made for mommy hips!
If you’re interested, here’s what I’ve been working on for Brit + Co:
15 Free Prints to Brighten Up the Walls in Any Room
15 Finger Foods for Your Baby or Toddler to Move Past Purees
17 Pool Toys to Make a Serious Splash
10 Glitter-Filled DIY Projects Your Kids Will Love
18 Candles That Don’t Blow
When I was younger there was nothing I wanted more than for my mom to have another baby. I don’t know why, maybe I saw them on tv and thought they were cute or because all my friends had brother and sisters but I would beg and plead and instead of a cute little baby brother or sister…I got pets. I think at one point we had 3 dogs, 4 cats, a few lizards, a bunny…and probably a few more I’m forgetting about. The point is, I was an only child.
And now that I’m “all grown up” I finally have the little sister I always wanted and I feel like it was never supposed to happen any other way. I am able to really enjoy her this way. There’s no sibling rivalry, jealousy, favoritism, competition. There’s only tickle fights on the living room rug, picking flowers in the backyard, coloring, tea parties, hiding pirate treasure from the sneaky snook Captain Hook…you know, the good stuff. If you ask Hailey “who is Ashley?” she doesn’t say “my big sister” anymore. She says “my best friend”. Hearing that makes my heart feel like it’s too big for my chest and at the same time feel like it’s going to shatter into a million pieces because one day it will be Cooper who is her best friend. She’ll pick him to go play in the tent with and hide from fire breathing dragons. She won’t want to “watch me” and “help me” do simple things like sweep the floor or build the biggest block castle there ever was.
Right now, she only acknowledges Cooper in small doses but the way he watches her and seems to soak it all in and the way she runs over to make her funny face in front of him when he cries and gets so excited when it actually works, tells me that one day those two will be inseparable. It’s the best of both worlds. It’s someone to play with on rainy days, someone to make pillow forts with, stomp in muddy puddles with, and have sleep over withs, but then you get to go home and be the only kid in the castle. The most spoiled and loved and not have to share your mommy and daddy with anyone else. I constantly think about whether or not Corey and I will ever have another baby. Not anytime soon, I just try to close my eyes and imagine what our family will look like in 5 years. Will it still be the three musketeers? Or will there be a fourth? I still don’t know. But what I do know is that either way, I’m glad my little boy will have always have a partner in crime and a built in best friend.
I’ve been watching her a few times a week and while it’s difficult and exhausting to take care of two kids (mothers to more than one baby, I don’t know how you do it!) and every toy in the house is on the floor within 5 minutes but it also makes my days beyond enjoyable. Yesterday Hailey and I were sitting on the couch watching cartoons and snacking on cheese while Cooper napped and she scooted closer to me and looked up at me with her big eyes and said “you wub me and I’m yo best friend” and laid her head on my shoulder. I could have melted into a puddle right then and there.
This little life of mine is pretty damn wonderful.
Sometimes I get in a bit of funk if I haven’t done anything in a while (like NOW! Where did all my energy go? Oh right, it’s busy making a baby in mah bellay – still so crazy!) so a few weeks ago I whipped up this felt “monster” bag for Hailey. Don’t get too impressed, I didn’t make the actual tote bag (I bought that from Michaels) just the face on it. It was a quick little project with only straight lines to sew for the mouth and the rest was glued on.
But the project just sort of sat around for a while because Hailey was in the slammer after coloring on the couch, the floor, and a three foot wide section of the wall. But, she did her time and was released on good behavior. When I asked if she wanted to color while I took her picture she said “awight” and hopped up on her toy chest. The coloring didn’t last long though, because she was more occupied taking the crayons out and putting them back in the slits. Kids these days.