Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Jack and Mommy

Tonight Jack and I found ourselves alone together for the evening. Anne went to a friend's house to spend the night, and Daddy and Bryan went on a "guys night out minus Jack" night. Bryan had really been looking forward to spending some time alone with his dad.

After consoling a sobbing Jack, who desperately wanted to "go Daddy, go Bubba", I decided that maybe he and I needed a night out ourselves. So we went in Jack's car (he calls the car I drive "my car") and headed to Pizza Hut. We sat close together and talked and laughed our way through a small hand-tossed cheese pizza. Actually, I should give you the run-down of what he ate. While at PH he ate a mound of shredded cheese from the salad bar, several croutons, a portion of pineapple, and one slice of cheese pizza. Then we went to Blockbuster and rented a Bob the Builder, a Veggie Tales (Jonah, or "Bob the Tomato" as Jack calls it), two Curious George's and a TeleTubbies (he is absolutely hypnotized by the baby sun). We came home and Jack proceeded to eat three scoops of peppermint candy ice cream, two more pieces of cheese pizza, two sippy cups of apple juice, and one sippy cup of ice water! Sheesh! We watched the entire TeleTubbies video, all snuggled up on the recliner together, until Daddy and Bryan came home. Then there was much running around and general silliness by all the boys.

Altogether, we had a great night. My little guy can be a terrific date. He's cute, he's funny, everybody likes him when they meet him, and he holds my hand and gives me kisses over pizza. What more could I ask for? I love him dearly and am getting a bit emotional about these last few weeks of being alone together for the "last time". I feel a bit sorry for him, because I know that getting a new baby sister is just going to change his entire world. A part of me wishes that there was some way to tell him that he will always be my baby, and I will never ever love him any less than the day I first held him in my arms. I hope he knows. And I hope he likes his sister!

7 comments:

Leanne said...

I have had those feelings, too. Remember, though, you are giving him a lifetime friend! Love, Leanne

Steve & Molly said...

Amen to what Leanne said! He will love having a playmate his own age one of these days...although the waiting until she can play might be a bit hard for him to understand! (But, that time is relatively short in comparison to all the time he will enjoy afterward!) Even our older girls were frustrated in the beginning that Caleb slept so much, but now that he is all smiles and coos they just can't wait to play with him! We'll see if that's still the same when he can crawl and steal their toys...ha ha! Jack will do way better than you may think, and if he struggles, he has a mommy and daddy who love him very much and will help him to grow through that experience. :) I think it's so sweet that you guys had a date! Steve takes our girls out for a "Daddy date" on their birthdays and half-birthdays...I think I may just have to start a "Mommy date" tradition with Caleb! :)

Danna said...

Another thing that has always helped me, Betty, is to think in terms of the OTHER baby. S/he will never had what #1 had. The exclusivity of an "only child" is something you can only give one child. And because OF that, every child added to the mix after that is really the one I focus on. The first child has made up to him/her (via the time of sole attention) what "sacrifices" s/he makes when siblings come along.

That, & it (having more than one child) really is the best way to instill every part of putting to death the flesh in your child(ren).

Gaylene said...

What a sweet post. I love you!
G

Becky Larson said...

I understand how you feel...I am cherishing the moments as I get closer to having our baby girl. I feel like Aubrey is still so little (she will be 14 months when Ellie is born), and I know that one-on-one time will be difficult, especially in the beginning. But it is great to remember that we are giving them a buddy, playmate, companion, etc! I know that they will be so appreciative later on. :) We will have a lot of opportunities to share virtue-building lessons with them too...great lessons for them to learn BEFORE dorm life! :)

Troy & Sherry said...

how fun!
i am glad you had a good date night and i am SO glad you came to my shower...i hope you have a great day!

Dana said...

Awwww....Betty that made me get all teary. Your such a good mommy!