Jason and I are homebodies. Even before we had Jack, we tended to spend most of our free time at home, by ourselves. I know other parents who seem to constantly be at the bouncy houses, the zoo, the aquarium, playgrounds, Chuck E Cheese, etc etc and oh my god I’m exhausted just writing that list. Not that we don’t play with Jack…we do. We’re just not “organized outing” sort of people. I haven’t travelled any considerable distance with Jack, not really beyond the 100 mile drive to my parents house. It makes the hair on my arms stand on end to think about flying with him. I know other parents do it and that it’s probably not impossible…it just sounds, well, terrible.
We’d gotten an invite to attend a 2-year-old’s birthday by attending a kids’ concert at the Vera Project. Predictably, I fretted during the days leading up to the event like the worrier I am. Would I get parking close by? What if it rained and I had to walk in the rain? Should I bring the stroller? No? Yes? No? No, yes, I should definitely bring the stroller…no, too much to deal with, I’ll leave it at home…but WHAT IF I NEEEED IT?
In the end, I was able to park at Jason’s workplace next to the Space Needle, it didn’t rain, I brought the stroller (OH MY GOD, I AM SO GLAD,) the concert was adorable and Jack loved running all over outside in the nice weather.
I did learn, however, that when presented with a pond, Jack will without hesitation run full on into it without pausing for even a moment. I just don’t think he realized what it was. He looked as shocked as I did. I was standing right there, ready to show him the water line and to not go in, but he just…was so fast. Luckily, he just went in up to his knees and stopped, looking back at me with his mouth hanging open. And especially luckily, he wasn’t so far in that I had to go in after him, getting my own shoes wet.
Regardless, it was a delightful day. And I’m so glad we did it.