I’m not ashamed to say that I am taking this time to have a completely self indulgent rave about my son. Before having him I figured my life would be turned upside down, that holidays would be impossible, that visiting friends would be chaotic at best, and that my life would revolve around a rigid routine.
I dreamt that this wouldn’t be the case, that “normal life” would continue…to my surprise, it has!
In the very early days we had to fit a certain amount of stuff around his needs, especially feeds, but I still think we had it quite easy. He would happily sleep in the buggy/cot/car or on a spare bed/floor, and so we were still able to get out and about. As he got older it became easier still. He will eat anything, sit nicely in restaurants, behave on aeroplanes, play nicely in new surroundings.
Today, we picked him up after a sleepover with Nanny and Grumps, then took him to see some friends. It was somewhere completely new for him, and he had only met them a couple of times before. As we arrived the bottom lip came out, he was very unsure and I thought we were on the verge of a meltdown, but he quickly recovered and tucked into his lunch. He was soon playing happily and actively engaging with them. By the time we left he was exploring on his own and jumping on the bed! All this joy and excitement when by rights, he should have been shattered…it was nearly 2 hours past his usual naptime.
And that’s just a glimpse of how adaptable he is. I never worry about taking him to places, he always makes me proud and can adjust to most situations.
I know he has moments where he tests me, but these are rare and usually my fault rather than his. I’m sure I will get my fair share of the terrible times in the coming years, but right here, right now it’s all pretty perfect!
The Day Dreaming Mummy