Fridays are my favorite day of the week; not just because it means the end of a long work week, but because it means a special afternoon with my little boy. Every Friday instead of coming straight home, I try to plan a fun pit stop. Sometimes it’s going to the library to check out new books. Other times it’s a trip to the park. Sometimes it’s both if we’re up for it.
These are the moments that I cherish. My Fridays with Piglet.
“Can we go to the punkin’ patch mama?” This is the question that Piglet has asked me every day since we went to the pumpkin patch last weekend. It made quite the impression on our little guy. Not only did they have a pumpkin patch, hay rides, corn maze, and all sorts of other things, but there was a TRAIN.
That little boy had the best day!
His first hayride! He was so excited that we were being pulled by a tractor.
He’s good at being a little minion.
He picked out his favorite pumpkins and gave them some extra love. We even found him his own “baby pumpkin”.
He had so much fun at the pumpkin patch that he begged me to take him back the next day. How could I refuse? We had more time to check out the rest of the farm. There was the petting zoo:
There was the slide tunnel:
We hung out with another minion:
We rode the small tractors:
Then we rode on the top of a fire engine:
It’s no wonder he keeps asking to go back! We had a great time at the punkin’ patch. Looking forward to our next trip!
Oh hello there readers. Have you missed me? Have I lost all of you? I am off for summer vacation, and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t realize just how much I missed staying at home until I was off. Piglet has been so much happier (minus the fussiness from what turned out to be a double ear infection, ouch!). We kicked off our summer vacation first with his ear infection and then with my super weird, 24 hour flu. I had a terrible fever, body aches and dizzy spells the Friday before Father’s Day. We were supposed to go camping with Adventure Family, but ended up cancelling. Luckily I didn’t stay super sick for long, and we were still able to salvage some of Father’s Day weekend. We spent the day at Adventure Family’s place, on their 40 acre tree farm.
Piglet and Adventure Girl are like twins, only 3 weeks apart. I love that they are getting the chance to grow up together, especially since neither of us knows if we will have more kids. They are learning about sharing, playing nice together, and many thing that come along with being a sibling. Adventure Girl’s grandma just moved into town, so Piglet is also getting the benefit of having a grandma to snuggle on.
Watching him devour a smore in her lap was priceless! He looks so sugar drunk.
On Father’s day we went on a nature walk in a local nature preserve in our town. My favorite part was that we were the only ones in the park. Have I mentioned how much I love our small town life?
My father’s day gift to Match was a book written from Piglet’s perspective. He teared up reading it, so I know I did alright.
The rest of our summer days so far have been filled with fun walks in the mornings, and afternoons cooling off in the kiddie pool.
We get together with friends, and weekends we soak up the family time. I am dreading going back to work, and scheming on ways I can go back to staying at home. I’m praying that a solution comes along soon. In the meantime, I’m enjoying every extra minute I have with this wonderful little person.
Today was Piglet’s actual 2nd birthday, and sadly Mommy and Daddy had to work. I eased some of my mama guilt by sending him to school with cupcakes to share with his little friends. His teacher told us that he kept telling everyone that his “birthday is coming up” even though it’s today.
It is amazing how much he has changed this past year. From those wobbly first steps to his full on running, hopping, jumping off furniture, and even marching. He is a fast moving, busy little boy!
One of the biggest milestones we’ve noticed this year has to be his verbal skills. He speaks in full sentences now, and is not afraid to tell us what he wants. “Mama come back here right NOW!” is one of favorite lines. He also likes to start sentences with “I want”. He has started using I instead of me, and doesn’t always talk in the third person, though he will occasionally say, “Wyatt go outside” instead of “I go outside”. He can sing his alphabet, count to 20, say the days of the week, and he just learned the months of the year. He has knack for memorizing, and “reads” us his favorite books that he has memorized. Some of them I haven’t even memorized!
Apparently he also knows the names of all the kids at his school, and all the teachers. Match says he’s like a little politician, making sure to say goodbye to everyone by name, and strutting around the room waving to everyone. His shyness is long gone!
Piglet has also started using his imagination, telling us stories he makes up, or having his toys “talk” in different little voices. I love to just sit and watch him play. He has also started acting scared of things at night, telling us that there’s a “dinosaur coming” at bedtime, and then he jumps into our arms and wraps his little legs around us, hanging on for dear life. He always half giggles when he does it, so I think it’s partly an excuse for cuddles.
I feel we are getting closer and closer to being done with diapers. There are a lot of nights where he wakes up dry, and days where we barely use any diapers. There are still plenty of accidents, but I’m hoping this summer when I have some time off we can finish up the training and make the leap to all day undies.
Every day Piglet seems to be growing and changing, and he’s always learning new words. He’s an opinionated toddler, and he definitely has his difficult moments, but overall he is a mellow, happy go lucky kiddo.
These past few months have been hard with Mommy and Daddy working a lot, but you’ve taken it all in stride. My heart aches that I couldn’t be with you all day on your birthday, but you still came home from school with a great attitude. Thank you for being such a great kid. We marvel at how we got so lucky when we had you. Two years ago you made us the happiest parents, and every day you give us a reason to smile. We love you to the moon and back!