Brady, Nate and I had a fun afternoon. We started by walking to the playground, which Brady has dubbed as his own, and playing there for a while. Then we walked down to the library and read a few books in the rocking chairs (Brady's favorite spot). Then off to the bank to take care of some business. We picked up a few groceries, and feeling courageous, ventured to the MCC store, before stopping in to say hi to Mom and Dad, and then made our way back home. Nate did pretty well and Brady walked the whole way, even though we were traveling with the Chariot, so he could have had a ride!
Now back to the MCC excursion. It can be a dangerous place for a mother and toddler. First, you're bound to end up with more "stuff" that you really don't need. Second, guaranteed your toddler will pick out some half broken toy or item that will probably only last 5 minutes at home. Third, there is an incredibly good chance this toddler will end up making a scene because you refuse to buy him an item from point #1 or #2.
I was very impressed with my boy today. He picked out a fire truck that still had all it's wheels, and most parts still attached. He carried it all the way home - very excited and proud of his new ladder truck. Played with it most of the evening - and had to take it to bed with him tonight. I couldn't resist getting a picture of him, cozied up with his 'new' special toy. And it was only a quarter. Makes me think about the $30.00 fire truck sitting up in my closet, waiting for his birthday!!
Back to present time...we've been having a hard time with Nate's sleeping in the last few weeks. He fights falling asleep - and just cries - and I do everything I can think of to comfort him. We've tried the stroller, lying down in bed beside him, rocking in the car seat, and just holding and rocking him. When he finally does succumb to sleep, it's never for very long. Plus I'm still up every two hours with him. So, if you think of him in your prayers, maybe just say a little prayer that 'this too shall pass', and that Don and I would know how to best comfort and settle him.