Stephen Small was a very fussy newborn. I had a hard time taking him places.....because of all the screaming. As soon as his fussiness wore off he became an overly active baby and toddler. His motor skills were advanced. But he very much lacked those verbal and communication skills that I think are useful in enforcing discipline. He was a dangerous machine.
His temperament set a precedent for my mothering. I stayed at home. Quite literally. The only places I took him were places that had child care - like church and the YMCA. As soon as he became a little more manageable, Laurie was born.
So I spent her first year of life - literally at home. Because of her newborn-ness.
But now we are in a good place, a really good place for outings.
And after 2.5 years of being cooped up in my house, I crave these outings frequently.
I'm still not ready to take them to a restaurant or a movie or the library.
But the park - heck yeah!
We went twice last week. I had a coupon for a free Starbucks coffee so I picked one up on the way.
We were the only people there. It was cold and wet.
But much fun was had. And it bought me some awesome afternoon naps.
The next day we invited our cousin to go with us.
So yeah. We're getting out more and it feels good.