Yep. The field trip to XBos that we thought was next week? Today. I dropped everything to go with Nik on this outing. Niksdad and I took Nik once before on a Sunday morning when they first opened; it was relatively calm and quiet and Nik did OK as long as we stayed in the toddler area. I was dying to see how he’d do in the big, bright, noisy atmosphere of screaming kids (and chaperones!) and whether he could “hang with the big dogs” on the larger structures.
OH YEAH! Miss J, Niks wonderful teacher, and I double-teamed him and took him up padded climbing hills, through roller-pad gates and mesh-connected tubes suspended many, many feet in the air. (Did I mention Niksmom has a mild fear of heights? CONQUERED FOR MY SON!) We even ventured to the tippy-tippy-top of the structure to brave the perils of the corkscrew slide. (Sidebar: I think Miss J lost a little skin on her elbows as Nik was a bit wiggly going down the corkscrew.)
Nik had a blast! He was mostly oblivious to the noise and had a wonderful time climbing, crawling, cruising wherever he could. He seemed to know when he needed a break because he would either simply sit where he was when the moment hit, or he would take my hand and lead me away. Fascinating!
I had zero hopes of Nik eating anything at lunchtime. He didn’t have his “special” chair, his massager (to help him alert his mouth), etc. The place was super crowded and noisy by the time we had lunch. My champ ate a half a jar of food for me; not a lot but more than I expected. Yippee!
We came home after lunch and Nik crashed HARD! Slept like a log and was really difficult to wake from his nap. I think he would have slept through dinner if I had let him! The pillows over the head? Nik’s doing. He does that when we bring him down from his crib and he isn’t quite ready to be awake. He buries himself under the pillows until nothing shows but a hand and a foot. He cracks me up…constantly!
On a related note — we’ve been watching lots of Mary Poppins lately; it’s Nik’s absolute favorite movie. Tonight, as we were getting Nik ready for bed, Niksdad and I both heard Nik “singing” part of “It’s a Jolly Holiday with Mary” — I kid you not! What a ham!
Thank you God, for another good day.