Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Daddy-Daughter Date

I was planning on taking most of yesterday to really get some things done.  I have bills that are collecting and insurance companies to yell at (deliveries 100% covered my royal booty) and kitchens to clean up and... yeah, all kinds of stuff.

But mostly I have a toddler that needs some attention, so we went out for a little date.  She had her first Happy Meal and we walked around the mall.  And around the mall.  And around the mall.  I think we walked more yesterday than my wife and I did a few weeks ago when we were trying to induce labor.

And J is so cute that everybody always stops and mentions how cute she is (the glasses don't hurt, either - what baby doesn't look cute with glasses?).  Today one of the workers at Hallmark gave her a couple of balloons that I tied around her wrist and she walked along bobbing her arm to make the balloons float all around her.  This just made her cuter and got her even more attention.

Then we went to a baby superstore and looked around for some needed items.  We paused in the toy aisle and I gave her a few toys to look at to gage her interest vis-a-vis Christmas gifts.  One of them was silly little toy that sings the alphabet when you press a button.  I didn't expect her to show any interest because she has had several alphabet-y toys in the past, but when I gave it to her, she pressed the button over and over and over and over and over and over for about 20 minutes.

Daddy-daughter time?  Check.  Christmas Shopping? Check.  Bills and boring stuff?  Well, in the words of Ruth Hulburt Hamilton:

The cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,

for children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.

So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust go to sleep.

I'm rocking my baby and babies don't keep.


scalpel said...

Awwww, cuteness.

Daughters are the best things in the world.

Epijunky said...

Awww.... Seriously.

You're doomed when they hit the teenage years :)

Ambulance Mommy said...

Thanks....that was really nice to hear. i try to live my life that way, but sometimes the bills and the "stuff" get in the way. Glad to hear you guys got some good time in together.

Unknown said...

That's too cute. I'm starting to see how a toddler can trump errands lately since I can barely find time to spend with her between school and work.

How old is she, two? She looks just like my little one.

Brady said...

Braden~Very cool your keeping the priorities inline. I hope you and your fam are doing well...I miss the days of our sarcastic humor in Tahiti.

Braden said...

scalpel - yes
epi - yes
ambulance mommy - What stuff gets in the way? ;-)
trauma - 19 months
brady - I still have the sarcastic humor, but I've forgotten most of my Tahitian. Arohi noa ia oe e tae noatu ta'oe utuafare!