Monday, July 12, 2010

Just the Two of Us

She's not even four feet tall. And she maaay tip the scales at 40 pounds...if she's wearing heavy denim, sneakers, and a jacket. Yep, she's a tiny little thing, but this week I'm a little intimidated by her. Why? Because it's just me and her for 7 hours a day this week. The older 3 are at basketball camp this week from 9-4, soccer camp next week from 9-12, and Wacky Water Week at our church the last week of July from 9-1. Just me and her. Her and me.

Not that I don't love being with her. She's so cute and funny and sweet. It's just that I'm trying to remember how to be a mom to just one kid. It's been awhile. And even 10 and 1/2 years ago when Alex was the only, we really only had 5 months together solo before I started toting Michael around in my belly.

Prior to this morning, I had listed some special things we could do this week just the two of us: get ice cream, purchase a new coloring book, go to the mall, play with Playdoh. We dropped the kids off at the church. "Are we going to have ice cream now? And then get my new coloring book and go to the mall and play with Playdoh?" she asked with a sparkle in her eye.

"Well, let's space those special activities out a little over the week so we don't do them all at once, OK?"

She reluctantly agreed.

We opted to go to Target to share a Starbucks breakfast and make the coloring book purchase. As we were walking back to the car, new Minnie Mouse coloring book in hand, she asked, "Are we going to get Alex, Michael, and Jacob now?"

Maybe she's a little intimidated by the quiet week that lies ahead as well.


Cynthia@RunningWithLetters said...

I'm betting the two of you settle in and end up having a week to remember! Have fun making memories!

CrossView said...

Wow! Sure is going to be a quiet week! Hope you two enjoy!

tsinclair said...

Sounds great. Let's see; you can make cookies, go swimming, go shopping :-), watch a movie (Nemo or Little Mermaid?), lots of stuff.

I love bonding one on one, however it does actually require more specific We don't realize how much time those siblings occupy.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

So sweet! I think starting the week off by bonding at Target is just brilliant!!

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

Awww! If she's like my youngest, she's missing her older siblings even while enjoying the one-on-one time with you. :) I hope you enjoy your week with her!

Lauren said...

Yes, after having a full house, an only child is definitely a challenge!

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