Ben is still not potty trained. This means he is still not going to Mother's Day Out. It means Travis has to be home every Wednesday so I can go to my piano lesson (which is so fun!).
People asked me what I was going to do with just one kid at home, and even no kids at home for those several hours a week. I had dreams of lunch with friends, running errands without having to buckle and unbuckle a child, or remember snacks, or plan around naptime. I was sure I would be so efficient and organized and really relish that time.
But here I am in October and I have company for nearly everything I do. Travis works from home some and so I am able to get out alone here and there, but not on a consistent basis. And I expected to be really frustrated about that.
And I was wrong.
It turns out, I have a little sidekick with me. I have a buddy that tells me I'm beautiful and always compliments some part of my outfit. I have someone that says hi to every single person he sees. Ben thinks everything is fun and adventurous, at least most of the time. Sure, he now expects fruit snacks every time we go to Target, and a balloon at Old Navy, but I don't mind. I stick a hand out and a little one grabs it.
I'm not one to get all maudlin and sappy about kids growing up and all that. I love that my older kids are starting to appreciate my sarcasm and are able to play real games and the like. But I also don't mind a little guy that still needs snuggles. I'm happy to keep my nap buddy around every day of the week until we're both ready for him to go make new school friends.