I had fun with the boys today. We didn’t play in the backyard or go for a walk. There was no trip to Fun City or Dubai. I just stayed present and enjoyed time with my little guys.
Kairo tends to sneak out of his bed around 6 a.m. (an ungodly hour. I know.) Kalel often follows suit, whining dryly until I make it to his room. If I’m too tired and I walk in with little energy, that sets the tone for most of the day. Today, I decided to play immediately. I tickled his ear, nose, and tummy so that he can have more practice with the words. Then, we all said goodbye to mom.
While I cooked, Kairo read to us. I even took a moment to sit down and read with him while his oatmeal was boiling.
After breakfast, Kairo helped brush my teeth. (A strange form of play, but one that I thoroughly enjoyed).
Me: There’s a skunk in my mouth! Oh no!!!
Kairo: Daddy, we need to brush your teeth to get that skunk out. Come on!
He sang a song while he brushed and helped me pick my clothes for the day. Then, the toddlerman led me to our art studio where we made a picture. While I drew the grass, he asked me to draw mommy. After I finished with her, I looked up and found a pleasant surprise.
Me: What is that?
Kairo: [hesitates] It’s me.
Me: Kairo, are you serious? That’s amazing!
I always draw characters for our family. (It’s incredibly challenging with a crayon for some reason). But I was shocked to discover Kairo’s newfound skills.
After we drew everyone in the house, Kairo told me to write a letter to mommy. Word-for-word, he recited a quote from Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood.
Then, we played in our rockets that I made the kids a while back.
We didn’t really “play.” Kalel dragged his Space Trolley into the living room and decided that he had enough of it.
Kairo and I used imaginary space tools to revive the ship. Unfortunately, Kalel totaled the rocket.
To my dismay, we had to leave the house and make a border run. Fortunately, we now have our 60 Day Residency, which will allow us to apply for our final one. But that didn’t seem as important or special as just chilling with the guys.