Liam and I get to spend time together, just the two of us, almost every day. B goes to school, and after we’ve gotten him dropped off, we have a few hours until he comes home. The problem is, because that time is so plentiful, I tend to take it for granted, and I’m way too likely to fill it up running errands, cleaning the house or getting assorted tasks accomplished. We do spend time together — we play, we snuggle, we go out and see parts of the city, but those things usually happen in lots of short pieces of time, rather than in a large block.
After getting to spend an hour the other day with Benjamin at the park, just the two of us, I decided I would set aside a dedicated hour during one of our mornings this week to just hang out with Liam.
Today, we spent some time together, just having a nice time. We went for a walk, and he got to decide if he walked or rode in the stroller (he did some of each). We walked in a fairly leisurely way, and I made sure to tell him all about what he was seeing, and I took the time to parse all of his commentary (no small task right now — he has lots to say, but, as he’s adding new words all the time, I’m still struggling to keep up). We stopped for a cup of coffee (for me) and a piece of cake (for him) and sat and hung out. He chose the cake, our table and his seat. He ate his cake (he shared a little with me) and then insisted on walking over to the Spanish Riding School where we happened upon the horses leaving their stable for their morning training.
We had a great time. He’s still such a little guy, but he has a lot to say, and a lot of opinions. He’s generally pretty accommodating of all of us — of my bustling around the house, of Benjamin’s whims with toys and games, and of Dan’s schedule. He got to have things his way for a bit, and he seemed to really enjoy it. He got to have his mommy all to himself and I got to be with just him. It was lovely. I must remember to do this more often.