Yesterday was a brand new kind of day for me. I experienced something completely different. I did something I have never done before. It was another first in my ever-changing life.
Most days it’s just mommy and I for a large portion of the day. Sometimes it’s just daddy and I for a bit. Never have I been without mommy and daddy at the same time. Yesterday that changed.
It may seem silly to many people but in my 14 months of life I have spent every day in the care of my parents with no exception. We stick together as much as we can. That’s just how our little family of three does things. It’s what works for us.
Why was yesterday different? I don’t have all of the details but mommy did tell me about it both before and after the event. I’m not sure I understood it all, but I do know that it had something to do with the place daddy goes almost every day while mommy and I stay home to do our own thing.
Of course, I can’t be left alone for any amount of time. Mommy arranged for my grandparents to come over to our house to stay with me. They’ve been over many times before. I like when they come over because I get extra attention and I do like attention.
Mommy tried to minimize the impact on me as much as possible. My grandparents came over before my afternoon nap. They helped feed me my snack and played with me in the living room while mommy and daddy were busy upstairs.
When it was nap time, mommy took me to my room as always and read me one of my books. I noticed that mommy’s face looked a bit different than usual. More colourful maybe? I’m not sure. It was a bit dark in my room as we always turn the lights down when it’s nap time.
I fell asleep as usual and had a good long nap as I usually do. When I woke up, my grandmother came to get me. I thought this was a bit strange. It’s almost always mommy, occasionally daddy, and never anybody else. I was happy to just get out of my crib and go on with my day so I didn’t put up a fight.
I came downstairs as usual and that’s when I spotted my grandfather sitting on one of the couches. I thought that was peculiar but didn’t put up a fuss. I knew that it was playtime and the more people are involved in playtime, the more fun it is.
After a bit of play it was time for dinner. This is my usual routine but it didn’t happen exactly like it usually does. Mommy always feeds me my dinner in the kitchen. This time it was my grandmother feeding me in the living room. The food was good and exactly like one of the meals mommy makes for me so I ate it regardless of the change to routine.
Then it was back to more playtime. I do love playtime. Both of my grandparents were very much involved in my activities. They don’t play the same way that mommy and daddy do, but I found the variety amusing. I even learned a couple of new things that never occurred to me before.
I played for quite a while and I was having a great time. It was surreal to have my usual routine with occasional and unexpected twists. Like a regular day but different. It wasn’t bad, but it was strange.
The excitement of the unexpected was beginning to take a toll on my energy reserves. I began to get a bit tired and that’s when I started thinking that I would like my mommy to hold me for a bit. My grandmother tried to step in for mommy in this capacity. I sat with her for a bit but I couldn’t get fully relaxed. Nobody’s arms are like mommy’s.
I decided that I would rather go back to playing instead. As I sat there wondering where mommy and daddy could be and if they were ever coming back, I heard a noise at the door. I peeked around the corner and what do I see? Mommy peeking back at me!
I rushed over to greet mommy and tell her about my unexpected day. I felt that I had so much to say but when mommy wrapped her arms around me, none of that seemed important anymore. Mommy didn’t say anything either. We were perfectly content to simply hold each other for a while.
Next was daddy’s turn to tell me how much he missed me. I find daddy’s presence exciting and I wanted to play. After a bit of fun with daddy, I didn’t even feel tired anymore. I noticed that mommy and daddy looked a little different than usual but after my day of unexpected surprises I took it all in stride.
Our reunion took a while as we were all so happy to see one another. Eventually I was placed back in my baby zone. Mommy and daddy disappeared again while my grandparents played with me some more. Daddy returned promptly but mommy was nowhere to be seen.
While daddy talked with my grandparents, I began to search for mommy. I thought I could hear noises upstairs. After what seemed like a long time, I finally heard the familiar sound of mommy’s feet coming down the stairs.
Mommy came around the corner and over to the couches where we were. That’s when I realized she was my everyday mommy again. She looked and smelled just the way she always does. I rushed over to her and demanded to be picked up and held. Mommy didn’t hesitate and scooped me up. At that moment I knew life was back to normal and everything was going to be just fine.