Last week the weather finally decided to warm up and everyone in the neighborhood was out. I was sitting at my desk trying to work, but failing miserably.
All of the windows were open, the curtains were blowing in the living room and I could hear children laughing and playing outside. My cousin, who helps me with childcare said she was taking the kids out for a while. I looked back at my screen, looked down at Little L with her arms reaching up to me and I said “You take M and I’m going for a walk with Little L. I haven’t had alone time with her and I need fresh air.”
I put my sweet girl in her stroller and we were off — we walked and walked and enjoyed our girls afternoon out. I felt relaxed and happy I could share this with her. She had her face right in the wind and her little pigtail was just flapping in the wind. She had never really been out in good weather — it’s been a long winter and she’s just now 14 months so this was really her FIRST time enjoying being out.
She made many discoveries that day and reacted to each one differently:
— Pointed at dogs and make barking noises and discovered birds. They were all over the main street and she just stared at these tiny creatures chirping and hopping around. She made her own chirping noises and squealed with delight when they all flew away.
— She closed her eyes and put her face right into the wind and giggling at the tickling sensation it gave her. She and I both love the cool air on our faces!
— She looked at everything and everyone. Taking it all in and I could see her eyes observing and taking “mental notes.”
— We stopped at a baby park and she went nuts! She climbed, crawled and most importantly walked without being interrupted by her older brother. She kept looking around as if my son were there, but once she realized she was at peace, she just took off!
— She knows I love her! For the first time in a long time, I connected with my daughter on a different level. It was just the two of us and I saw a difference in her. She hugged me, tried kissing me and I knew she knew that all of my attention was on her and not on someone or something else. It was magical.
I hope this is the start to many more wonderful walks with my daughter!