out out OUT to the park

Even though I love Baby Bug to pieces so much it hurts me inside, I have to admit that she has been a little pill lately. Or maybe it’s me and my famous pms. Anyway, thank the Lord for emails from babycenter.com and Violet because today I read that she might be at a normal stage where she is recognizing that she and her mama are separate beings and she might be experiencing a little anxiety. As in “I NEED MY MOMMY! EVERY WAKING MINUTE OF THE DAY!!!! because she might leave me!!!!!!!” Poor kid.

I’m not going anywhere but I do like to log on to my computer now and then or get dressed or do the dishes or spend fifteen minutes cleaning up her baby food artwork that is smeared all over her highchair and the wall beside it. I never have her out of my sight but I do like to take little breaks while she plays in her exersaucer or on her activity mat or with her toys.

Lately she won’t have any of that. She needs me paying attention every single minute.

So what do you do when you think your baby is going to drive you out of your mind? You go to the park! The lovely park! Where leaves rustle in the breeze and birds chirp and the grass is so green and… tasty!

My oh my, Baby Bug likes to eat grass just like a cow. It was all I could do to keep her on the blanket and not crawling off it like a wiggly little snake. We had fun though. We both love the park.

The best part about our little jaunt to the park was the swing. I thought she was too little for it. The leg holes seem so big, like she could fall sideways and slip right out of them. But right on the side of the rubber seat, it says: “built for children ages three an under” (Which might explain why I had so much trouble getting my nearly four-year-old niece in and out of one last weekend…).

I figured government warnings usually error on the side of caution and if it doesn’t say “only for babies 14 pounds and up”, then maybe it’s okay for Baby Bug. With extreme supervision of course.

She loved it! The gleeful laughs! The cackles and exclamations! I love it when she laughs. It’s so cute. I hardly ever can catch her on film but she was laughing so much I had a chance to snatch my camera out of my purse and record this little clip for you. (1.91 mb, quicktime)

A Guest Post from Clownfish

Hangin’ with my friends…
The emails were exchanged. Me: “May I come down and see you three tonight”?, SAJ: “Will you stay for dinner”? Me: “What can I bring”?, SAJ: “Bring yourself and come on down”. With that, it was set, I was off to see my friends and see how much Baby Bug has grown.
I cruised on down the freeway, walked up their stairs and the slider opened. Not only was it great to see my friend but in her arms was the star of the show, Baby Bug! She was beaming a big ol’ smile right at me. Most likely not due to my arrival but possibly gas. 
The three of us walked to the big green emblum for secret agent go-go juice and then walked down to the beach. Two friends and one very cute baby, walking, talking, and catching up. It was fun seeing my friend (our friend) and mother, totally happy. We paused for a moment to flip the Bug around in her carrier. SAJ looked at BB and said, “I love being a mom”! Of course there is no question of that but sometimes a mother just has to say it out loud.

I got to catch up with Toby too! After a wonderful dinner and BB being put to bed, the three of us talked into the evening.
With a jar of rasberry jam in hand, we exchanged good-byes. It was a perfect evening!