Monday, August 16, 2010

Mama & Son Day Out


When I went on maternity leave stopped working (don't even get me started on the distinction there!!) in December, I was lucky to be able to spend several weeks with Kai before Ryder joined us on Feb. 1.  Those weeks, spent together with Kai were amazing.  I had been working part time up until then, but the early mornings (which is when I was at work) was almost when he was in the 'bestest' of moods and would always crave that parental bonding time.  I missed out on that for so long, but for those few weeks up to Ryder's arrival were beautiful weeks - weeks in which Kai and I grew so much closer and had so much fun.

Now that he is a big brother, he not only has a new play mate, but he also has to share.  Share toys, share time and most challenging: share attention.  So, I decided that it was time that Kai and I were going to have some Mama & Kai time.  And yesterday was that day.

A few days ago, he overheard me talking to my best friend when I said "we'll either go to the zoo or the beach, I'll let him decide".  From that moment on, he was all about "Kai and Mama go to zoo and see wild animals!"  For 2 days straight.  Every chance he had.  I guess we were going to the zoo.


We had such a fun time.  It was warm, but it was fun.  We started out at the petting zoo.  For the first few minutes, he was so excited about petting and brushing the goats and the sheep that all he did was run in circles and jump up and down.  When he finally calmed down, the petting and brushing started.


We covered the entire zoo, but the zebras and the giraffes were the big favorites. 


We had lunch and no, it wasn't healthy, but it sure was fun as Kai thoroughly enjoyed double dipping his fries in first the mayonnaise, followed by ketchup, followed by (my favorite) the mayo-ketchup combination. 

And then...[drum roll]: his first soft ice cream cone.


He loved the ice cream.  The cone not so much, but oh well, Mama was happy to help with that.


He even shared this ice cream:

Other than that, we strolled around, played on the play ground, stood under the mist-dispensing-showery-thingies to then cover ourselves with dirt and wood snips, ensuring Mama had some laundry to do upon our return home.




And when we did come home, we were so jacked up on sugar and overflowing with energy that the word 'nap' was momentarily erased from our memory.  We Kai had no clue what it meant, what it stood for or what he was supposed to do with it.  Mama, on the contrary, did have a clue, however, didn't have a chance to execute it.  Oh well.  It was a great day.  Absolutely worth it.



Mothers' Hideaway said...

What a fun fun day!!! I need to do that at some point with my older son, but it'll have to wait until #2 is off tap. You're gorgeous!! How in the world do you get your body to look that great? We had kids at the same time and I'm NO where near that good looking!

Buckeroomama said...

Sounds like a super fun day. :) I make it a point to have one-on-one time with my kids whenever I can. It's great for them, but it's also good for my sanity, too. ;p

jackie said...

Sounds like you guys had a good time. And the dipping of the fries, too cute!!!

Ashley O. said...

What a fun day! I love the zoo! I thought I was the only who enjoyed the mayo/ketchup combo, I guess not! :)

Nya's mom said...

What a lovely idea! Judging by your pictures, it looks like you both had a great time! The ice cream looks delicious!


TV's Take said...

Sounds like a lovely day - just you two. Love the pictures!

Mama Hen said...

What a super time! That ice cream looks great! Thank you for your sweet comment in the Nestwork! I really appreciate it. I have been working many hours on the Nestwork and my blog and it is nice to hear people like it. I work on it after my daughter is asleep and often until late. Thank you!

Mama Hen

TV's Take said...

Thanks for your sweet sweet words on the Nestwork! You are so kind! I'm so glad we are bloggy friends

Sandra said...

His first ice cream cone? Wow, you held out lady! I think mine were being fed ice cream before they had teeth! Good for you and for holding out!

Karli said...

Awww..what sweet, sweet pictures of you and your lil' guy! Absolutely adorable - looks like an awesome day! I love the one where you're holding him - you guys look so happy!
Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my blog too - wow, you totally made my morning. I'm a total amateur, but I'll take your sweet compliment! :-) Happy Wednesday.

Joey @ Big Teeth and Clouds said...

I love the cone! It's my dream to have a buddy to eat the ice cream for me.

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