I have been really enjoying my alone time with Carter, while Evan is at preschool. He has been enjoying it also. For those few short hours, he can be the only child and get ALL the attention from everyone. Today I needed to run to Walmart, Health Foods Unlimited and Trader Joe's during Evan's preschool time. We got up and out the door early so I wouldn't be rushed. Because I knew that Carter would want to walk through the stores (which is his new passion) which he normally can't do when I have both kids.
We headed to Walmart first. When we pulled into the parking spot, Carter immediately asked if he could "alk peez". He touched all types of materials, talked about different colors, found the Walmart logo "star" on all kinds of displays, pulled toys off the shelves to look at and ran through the isles. He had a BLAST. And you know what? I did too! I loved watching him explore and entertain. I loved strolling through without being rushed. I loved having Carter all to myself.
Then we headed to Health Foods Unlimited for my special food items. Carter walked through the vitamin isle picking up individual bottles, looked at them (like I do when reading ingredients) then gently put EACH bottle back where it belonged. MELT. MY. HEART!!
Then off to Trader Joe's (you know since I LOVE TJs). Where he was given a cup of cookies to "sample" while I shopped. He walked through the store, trying to keep the cup up right so that the cookies wouldn't fall out. He looked and touched all the different vegetables that were at his height. His favorite were the peppers - red, green, yellow and orange. Over and over again he would pick one up, say what it was, gently touch it (like I do when picking out produce) then put it back. Let's just say, that the majority of people at TJs today commented on how cute he was or stopped and talked to him.
Then we had a little bit of time left before heading to pick up Evan. So I took him to a park.
I have to admit, that I am a little jealous now of parents who decided to have kids a little bit more spaced out. I feel that I have missed out on so much with Evan and Carter. So I really appreciate the alone time that I have with Carter. He is such a wonderful, funny, sweet little boy. I can't wait to see how much we learn this year while Evan is at school!
What I want to know is how do parents juggle multiple kids one-on-one time?