At first it was a little strange to have just one child at home. I kept looking around for another child or two. All morning I wondered and worried about where and how they were. I was anxious to see them and I wasn’t focused or productive. And, it was a little dull – it felt wrong to do anything fun or interesting without them. So we sat home instead, being careful not to do anything too interesting.
McKay didn’t know how to occupy himself. He wanted to be held or watch TV – nothing else. Sweet little guy even shed tears a few mornings as Jax happily marched out the door.
Well, now we’re figuring things out and it’s a little wonderful. It’s wonderful to not break up fights. It’s wonderful to be able to work with two-thirds less interruptions. It’s wonderful to be able to focus on McKay and his funny thoughts and fascinating questions.
Lately we’ve been busy with playdates, errands, and projects. We’ve been busy making friends and going on outings with new people in the area. In the past most of our playdates were spent with Sadie’s friends. He’s so excited to have his own friends. Each Thursday we’ve been going to open gymnastics. He seemed a little lost the first week because he didn’t have Sadie and Jax to follow around, but now he’s catching on that he can choose where to go and what to do. Some mornings we go for walks. It’s been so long since I’ve gone on regular walks because Sadie went through a phase during which she had a passionate hatred for walks. We haven’t had too many lazy-stay-at-home mornings. But I love it when we do! The lazy mornings usually include a morning show, magnetic blocks, and puzzles.
Side note about McKay: He is very, very picking about the clothes he wears. He only wants “fastest shorts” which are lose gym shorts (he has three he’s loyal to; one pair were worn 5/7 days last week) and “fastest shirts” which are t-shirts. Sunday or special outings are the only days we fight with him about his clothes, and part of his conditions are that I put his fastest clothes in my bag and he gets to change as soon as we get out of church/special event.