It’s hard now thinking back to our holiday that we only just returned from two short weeks ago. Times goes too quickly. However, it’s nice to have the opportunity to reflect on our time there. It was possibly an impulsive decision made by Other Half to purchase the airline tickets using the last of the maternity pennies, but we have family that live over there and the temptation to go visit them was just too strong.
It just so happened that my sister-in-law fell pregnant at almost the same time as me and Little Man’s cousin, Miss Diva, arrived two and half weeks before him. They are special guests featured in today’s blog- Miss Diva and her parents. It never fails to amaze me that two genetically connected babies whom both strongly resemble their parents, who are siblings, look nothing alike. And even though I know that all babies are individual and develop at their own pace, it still astounds me at just how different their developmental leaps are. I guess I’d never actually had the chance to see this in reality before, despite the countless psychology books and courses I’ve consumed. Little Man excels with his physical progression, while Miss Diva is clearly the front runner in the intellectual growth stakes.
Being able to watch the two of them interact together was just something magical. Although they’ve met before, they were both just a few months old and barely aware of their own presence, let alone anyone else’s. Now, they seem to gravitate towards the same tiny space, pawing for toys the other one has and watching each others movements. Will they miss each other? It’s hard to say. But if it is possible, I think Little Man may feel it more. Miss Diva escapes to daycare, you see, Little Man is just stuck with me. Although we go to different groups and have friends with similar ages babies, these two just seemed to me to have a slightly different connection. Something familial, maybe.
We also made sure to pack in as much as we could into our two week trip. We managed to meander around the local areas in Juanita and Kirkland, did the tourist traps including Pike Place Market, The Space Needle, The Pacific Science Museum, Seattle Aquarium, The Museum of History and Industry. We visited lots of parks- especially if they had swings, as this is Little Man’s current favourite thing and took a boat cruise around Seattle harbour. We hiked The Iron Goat Trail and visited the Bavarian-themed town of Leavenworth, hottubbed (while the babies slept- heavenly) and paddled in the Wenatchee River. Happily, we also got to visit extended family and friends, BBQ and **at last** make s’mores over the campfire!
But this trip was more than just a holiday. It was the opportunity of time. Time to spend long days and make precious memories with my two favourite boys and our family. Time to challenge and grow Little Man’s experience of the world outside our own little homely bubble. The opportunity to take our sweet time over meals, bath times and bed times stories without having to worrying about rushing to do the shopping, meet appointments or be some other place doing some other trivial task associated with the necessary humdrum of everyday life. Other Half got to be there EVERY morning and EVERY night for a solid two weeks. We got to be a full family of three for two whole weeks. And it was perfect.
So the tempting cakes in the coffee shop will have to remain in the display, the takeaway menu’s will be purged from the kitchen drawer and the treats and luxuries will be put on hold. I’ll happily sacrifice those to save for the next gift of adventure with my boys.