Before Zane was born, I always told myself I would continue to have mommy-daughter time without other family members. I love the girl bonding times that I had with my daughter, and truthfully, my husband doesn’t really want to sit through Princesses on Ice or take Hayley to get her nails painted. I am proud to say that we have continued this tradition routinely ever since Zane entered our family.
I love Zane dearly but it is nice to step away from parenting him for one day every month and focus on my toddler. Hayley is at such a fun age and I enjoy doing so many fun things with her, without having to worry about the constant feedings, diapering, and overall caring for Zane, if I had to bring him along. I think by doing this, it makes me a better parent to both kids: Hayley gets the one-on-one attention that every toddler deserves and Zane gets me coming back to him ready to tackle the everyday demands of a baby with a smile. It is a win-win for all!
So, this past Saturday was our monthly bonding day. We had such a fantastic time! Our day started when I brought Hayley at 9 AM to her preschool carnival. You should have seen her excitement on winning the best prize (yes, it was a pencil, but winning anything is monumental to a three-year-old) at the games. She loved giving her tickets in and going around the whole carnival. It actually brought me back to my childhood years! Of course, no carnival is complete without cotton candy, popcorn, and balloons. Yes, I know I am a dentist but how can I deny my kid candy every once in awhile? After our carnival experience, I took her to her second soccer game. Well, if you read my post from last week, you know that I started bribing my kid with M&M’s to actually play. Well guess what, she got on the field this time. She might have been kicking the ball to the wrong goal but it is a very good start!
Afterwards, we changed up in the car and I ended the day taking her to see Disney’s “Princesses on Ice” along with two of her preschool friends. Hayley was mesmorized! She was in love with the show! Watching real princesses (as she put it) in a show was a dream for her. She is enamored with princesses and dressing up. She had a blast! We then took the kids in the car and headed for a fun filled dinner!
I couldn’t ask for a more perfect day! At the end of the day when I was putting her to sleep, she says, “Mommy, you are the best. I love you so much.” Yes, the flood gates opened.
Some pictures from our fun filled adventures: