If it seems as if I have been a bit MIA the past couple of weeks, I have been. I have to be honest, I had a bit of writers block. Even more than that, I wanted to spend time with my baby girl. It hit me all at once one day, how fast she is growing up. We are approaching her THIRD birthday in August, and she is Miss Independent right now. I realized I was not engaging with her enough, and letting solo-play take up more time than it should.
It seems like time is flying. I was recently annoyed with the constant leg-clinging toddler and so much wanted her to be more independent. I had no idea that when that time came, I would be so sad. Well, I am happy and sad at the same time. I am happy that she is growing and learning and wanting to be independent, but I am sad and I miss my little dependent baby girl.
Over the past two weeks or so, I have experimented with a few new things to do with my daughter. One of those things, believe it or not, is roller-skating! We had been to two birthday parties (for older children) at the roller rink, and during the second one I found out about “learn to skate” classes they have available for $10 and you can stay for the two-hour open skate session afterwards AND all you can eat pizza! Turns out, my baby girl LOVES to skate, and is pretty darn good for two years old! I took her to the class and she said “Mommy, I do it ALL BY MYSELF”…and she did. She went out on that big rink with her “teachers” and the other adults and children in the class and rocked it like a champ. This will be an every Wednesday affair from here on out.
A few days later I took her to the local FREE splash pad. I took her before the scorching Florida heat kicked in and had hoped to miss the crowds. Two different camps showed up which added about 20 additional kids, but luckily we were almost done by the time they arrived. She again had a blast and did NOT want to leave. Best part about that…it was FREE!I went out on a limb here and took her to the ice skating rink by myself. We went in December when we were in North Carolina at my parent’s house, but I had extra hands then. This time I didn’t get a break. After an hour and a half, she was able to stand up on her own and “walk” on the ice! It was amazing to see her be able to do that. There are a lot of adults who cannot do that in such a short amount of time. By then, I was exhausted and we had to leave, but they only charged for me so that was a plus!
Lastly, I found a local tumbling and cheer company that just opened in town. They have years of experience but are a “new company”. We went to toddler tumbling this morning and she LOVED it. She, again, wanted to do it “all by herself” and she did. She got in the front of the line, listened and tried everything they wanted her to do. Of course its VERY basic since its for 3-4 year olds, but it was enough to make her sleep over two hours and I had to go wake her up. Needless to say, I signed her up for twice a week.
It has been great spending time with her. Her week is now jam-packed and she is going to love it. Monday morning is tumbling. Tuesday and Thursday she is at daycare. Wednesday night is roller-skating and Friday evening is tumbling again. I am also looking into their toddler cheer team, but that’s a much bigger commitment, time and financially wise so I have not made a decision on that yet. Wow, what a great time we are having! I don’t want it to ever end!
Until Next Time,
The Not-So-Single Mom
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