Afternoon with a munchkin

It isn’t often that I get a weekday with my favorite little dude. I’m working Saturday (to cover the Great Cloth Diaper Change) so I took Thursday afternoon off in exchange.

The day off not only afforded me some great snuggle and playtime with Miles it also gave my hubby a much needed munchkin break and opportunity to finish up some freelance writing (and job hunting) he’s been working on.

After Miles woke from his nap we were off on an adventure. The day was full of checking out some new to us stores (including a nice downtown gem of River City Co-op) a short play at one of Evansville’s many local parks (the weather was so ominous it didn’t afford us too much outside time) and then some errands.

We also made a quick stop at my office so everyone could “ooh and ah” over the cuteness that is Miles. He was super shy but adorable as ever (although one co-worker asked, “How old is SHE.”)

After the errands (which Miles was surprisingly patient for) we went to (gasp) McDonald’s. To my knowledge Miles has never had McDonald’s before (other than a few licks of soft serve ice cream cone or two). His daddy may have snuck him in one before, but I think this was his first. I’m a pretty big healthy food nut when it comes to Miles. I made an exception.

He got a grilled chicken snack wrap, fruit and yogurt parfait and water. I know, I know; I’m sure those things are still terrible for him – it was one night!

After he got through all of his “bites” (what Miles refers to his food as) we went to play. This particular McDonald’s had a two-story play area that was pretty darn cool (and surprisingly clean.) I know these facts because I crawled through the entire thing myself, several times even.

When approached with new and different situations my son isn’t one to jump/dive head first. He’s actually one to grab onto my leg with a death grip and at times to even cry. I think part of that is a natural reaction for a little guy his age.

To combat that, I try to get down on Miles’ level as often as possible doing the activity myself so he sees that it isn’t scary, it won’t hurt and actually is a lot of fun. So I climbed in, all they way up and all around that sucker with Miles in tow. While the adventure was tough on my knees (and pride a little as I got quite a few crazy looks) I had a great time playing with Miles in this new adventure.

After a few times with mommy, Miles discovered he didn’t need me anymore. What a fun time!

I’m going to revel in the times, while trying in some instances, where Miles needs me right there because I know all too soon he’ll realize he can do things on his own and I’ll miss that need!

How do you deal with helping your toddler adjust to new situations? What are some fun afternoon adventures that you and your little one have enjoyed?

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