Posted by Gina Perkins, Pre-School Mommie | Posted in Gina Perkins | Posted on 04-04-2011
Tags: bike, family, fun, Gina Perkins, happy hollow, joy, motocross, new mommy, priorities
Yesterday was what our household of three refers to as a “Baby Day.” A Baby Day is a day in which most of the day’s activities revolve around “baby.” (As I type that definition, I realize I have just described most days!). Anyhow, more specifically, a Baby Day means that responsibilities take a backseat to fun, and that we’re very deliberate in our planning – always keeping DJ’s interests in mind.
We started off by going out to breakfast near a train station. DJ munched on sourdough toast with butter (her new favorite combo) and giddily bounced in her booster chair as the “choo choos” passed by. After breakfast, she and my husband watched an hour of motocross (I’m certain I’ve previously mentioned DJ’s obsession with dirt bikes), while I took a closed-door shower! Can I just tell you what a difference it makes to start the day off with a long, hot shower without a game of peek-a-boo around the shower curtain? Heaven.
After motocross (and the slight trauma caused by the administration of a glycerin suppository because of some mean constipation – DJ, not me), we headed out to Happy Hollow with some great friends who were kind enough to endure the kiddie chaos. DJ was almost as fascinated by the Meerkats and Lemurs as she was by the pebbles she gathered in her hand along the way. She rode a Merry-Go-Round for the first time, noshed on a Hebrew National, and even pet some food-crazed goats.
When we got home, DJ got to take a nap with me – all cuddled up in my jersey knit sheets. When we woke up, we went to REI and got a baby seat for my husband’s bike, along with some new shoes for DJ. We assembled the bike seat, bundled DJ up, strapped on her fashionable helmet adorned with a cupcake design, and headed off for some dinner burritos. DJ absolutely loved the bike ride, and even threw a tantrum when we parked the bikes for dinner (she also refused to remove her helmet throughout dinner).
As we were cruising home, sky darkening and breeze increasing, I was absolutely overwhelmed with joy. I kept thinking, “This is what life is all about.” And it is. For me. This is what my life is all about – family moments, making memories, embarking on new adventures, seeing my baby girl beaming with delight.
For several hours yesterday, the financial stressors vanished, the to-do list faded into the background, the tension from an earlier lover’s quarrel was forgiven, and all felt absolutely right in the world. Our priorities revolved around creating a good time – and once we let go of all the things that typically prevent us from unabashedly laughing our tails off, the fun was more organic than it was planned.
All I know is that we need to weave more “baby days” into our lives – they’re good for our souls. It’s so nice to be reminded of the most important things in life, like coming together to giggle over silly things, eating dessert before dinner, and making it a point to escape our “adultness” for the good of our longing spirits.
What will your “baby day” consist of? Plan it now!