I try to schedule a Milo and Mommy day at least once a month. This is a day where Fran is at school and Milo stays home. It is a day dedicated to him. I don't schedule errands. I avoid a lot of housework. I just try to be present.
As you can imagine, with this boy, that's not hard at all.
Today started at 5 am. This is our fault. Really, it is. A few years back when we were sleep training we used the sun as a clue to cue Milo as to when it was okay to get up. We'd say, "You can get up when the sun gets up." Yes, well that was in the winter. In the summer, the sun gets up much, much earlier. Now, we say, "You can get up at 6:15." In Milo's mind that means that he can crawl into our bed around 5 am and every 5-8 minutes ask, "Is it 6-1-5, yet?" Yes, I know, I could put the kabosh on this quite easily, I imagine. However, there is a part of me that knows that this phase will soon end too. I savor these early mornings with my sweet boy snuzzling next to me, his tossled hair right next to my face.
By 6:30 we were playing Monopoly Jr. Landing on Chance! is the highlight of that game for Milo. He squeals with delight each time he does so. After that, it was Connect 4. We don't count in that game. We just take turns. The best part is letting the checkers tumble out the bottom. There is sweetness in playing this game, just the two of us. For a moment, he is the only.
We have been planning to go to the zoo. Milo loves the animals and the splash pad. Today was perfect weather too. Just at the last moment, as I was packing waters and snacks, it was as though a switch had been flicked, when he said, "No, I don't want to go to the zoo, I want to go to the bookstore and library." So, off we went...Milo style.