Days with David
Pesto Chicken Sandwich
Usually when I return home from a quick trip to the grocery store I’m struck with the realization that I “stay home” every day. There’s something about opening my garage and entering my house while seeing all the empty driveways around me that makes me feel like I’m the only one home.
When I was still working behind the chair, I wondered how I would feel about being a stay at home mom. I’m a go-go-go kind of person, and I was a little worried that the slower pace of life would be challenging.
I’m really grateful to have the blog and extra projects to work on when David naps. For my personality, it’s the perfect balance of using my creative side as well as being with David as much as I can!
David and I have gotten into a great little routine on weekdays when it’s just the two of us. I try to get out of the house everyday for some sort of errand or activity.
Some of his favorite things to do and see these days are:
1. Ride in the stroller to the grocery store. The basket of the stroller I have is absolutely massive and I can fit a ton of groceries in it so I don’t have to bother with a cart. We go to the grocery store quite frequently, even if it’s just to get a few apples or more cat food, so David has become a little celebrity around Harris Teeter.
2. His face lights up when we walk down the cereal aisle. It must be all the bright colors and patterns that are fun to look at. His eyes try to track with every single box so he can take it all it. I try to do a couple laps up and down that aisle if we have time because it’s really cute to see him try to take it all in.
3. He loves trees. When we take our evening walk, there’s a section that’s a complete canopy of trees and his mouth hangs open in fascination as we stroll beneath it.
4. He loves to be tickled. My mom has been visiting for a bit and she will walk her fingers along his body until she gets to his side and tickle him as he erupts with a high pitched scream.
5. He likes to swing. Justin and I always joke about how “advanced” and “smart for his age” David is. It’s just something parents say about every single child they have. I mean, we said it about our cats.
“Grits knows how to open the laundry door. He’s really advanced.”
“I know, he’s a really smart cat!”
So naturally we think David has a super high IQ and is going to win a Nobel Prize at age 15.
I was meeting my friend Joanna at the park a few weeks ago, but I was running late so I called her to let her know. She said,”Oh that’s fine! We’ll (she and her son, who is 1 day older than David, named Ryland) just go to the swings. It’s his favorite thing these days!”
I hung up the phone and was all “WHAT. Ryland swings and loves it and I haven’t even put David in a swing yet?!”
My previous life goals all dissipated and the sole focus was getting David in a swing to see if he’s as advanced as Ryland.
It took nearly a week to LOCATE a swing close to my house because apparently not every park has a swing, and once we found it, we put David in and swung him a little bit.
He . . . liked it. As much as you would like something you are pretty unsure about. But the more we’ve done it, the more he has smiled, so I would consider swinging one of the things he likes. Is it his favorite? Probably not. But I’m sure one day he’ll be swinging high enough to give me a panic attack.
We’ll just have to let Ryland be the more advanced baby in that arena. But do you know what David is beating Ryland at? Having slow growing hair. So he should be proud of himself.
I’m documenting just about every “big” moment around here like, you know, every smile, every tooth, every laugh, every thing, so I made a riveting video of David in the swing.
We are enjoying the beautiful weather, and looking forward to a few trips we have planned this summer.
And continuing to explore his “advanced” skills for being 5.5 months old.