A lot of things with motherhood are complicated and challenging for me. Some issues around getting back into the workplace, some intense hormotional issues surrounding anything and everything, the list goes on. But today I just had an experience that made me appreciate my son so incredibly much that I felt the need to share. Some days he is just so easy.
He woke at 6:30am today, a time that I’ve probably seen less than 10 times in my life on a Sunday. The weather called for unseasonable heat, 90+ in my area of town, and with my husband having to go into work for a few hours I found myself wondering what we should do to entertain ourselves.
Side note: a thing about babies — they need entertainment. Like, my 6 1/2 month old doesn’t ‘independently play’, whatever that magical & mythical term means. So we leave the house and go on adventures as much as possible, daily for sure, so that we can have built-in baby occupying time. Also because he loves it.
A few weeks ago I bought an annual pass at the San Diego Zoo & Safari Park, so I decided maybe me and Henry would go to the zoo. It would be about 10 degrees warmer in central San Diego and it would be some good exercise and sunshine for the both of us. I didn’t have anyone to go with so I decided to just go with it. I’m always tempted to over-worry about things, to think of all the complications and things that can go wrong. I’m learning to overcome that with parenthood because honestly – things go wrong when you don’t expect it, and they go smoothly when you’re prepared for the absolute worst.
I packed our diaper bag full of stuff: sunscreen, diaps and wipes, hats, extra clothing, etc. and drove the 30 minutes to the zoo. He slept the whole way there and woke up cheerful and ready to go just as I pulled into my parking spot. And then our 4 hour zoo trip was just so uneventful and smooth. He chilled in the stroller and didn’t cry once the entire time. He enjoyed looking at the animals, especially the flamingos, cheetah, monkeys, koi fish, and the giraffes. He liked the waterfalls and watching all the people, and he smiled at everyone who smiled at him. I nursed him in public and he wasn’t distracted and nobody batted an eye. He was patient and calm when I rolled the stroller into the bathroom so I could pee. I changed him a couple of times and he had no blowouts and was chattering up a storm on the changing tables. He was happy while I got myself a pretzel, he was basically a dream baby.
It’s times like this where I feel a semblance of my old life – where I could do whatever I want and it was NBD. Bringing Henry along does add some additional considerations (and a lot more ‘stuff’ to bring) but he’s just so freaking pleasant and wonderful and makes everything so much more fun. He’s rarely fussy, he’s so happy and smiley and just a true joy to be around.
So, thank you Henry, my sweet boy. Thank you for being the best baby in the world and making my life so much better. <3
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