Her absence, of course, meant that Father Day Weekend 2018 involved a lot of actual fathering on my end!
But Raylan and I had a good time together.
On Thursday my parents watched Raylan during the day and took him to swimming lessons. Thursday night we all went to dinner at La Posada. It was nice.
On Friday we got up and went to school and work. Raylan's school had a Doughnuts for Dad day (Raylan had a doughnut, but I abstained). Raylan made some very nice artwork for me, including a drawing of one of his favorite items- a washing machine.
|Getting ready to go to school/work on Friday|
|Father's Day preschool quotes. Raylan both likes me and knows my first name. |
So far, so good!
|Look, Mom! Dad got some veggies into me! Pouches count, right?|
|I wanna swim! Lemme goooooo!!!|
|Steans men in the pool (minus Uncle Ryan, who was probably still asleep)|
My Mom took off a little early to go help set up for an anniversary party for some friends of Mom and Dad. Dad hung out and fed us lunch, which was really nice of him. Dad gave Raylan a cookie or two, and Raylan loudly announced that "I'm gonna be so wired!!" The boy knows the power of sugar. After lunch, Dad had to head off to the anniversary party as well.
Raylan and I headed back to our house.
Uncle Ryan came over in the afternoon and watched Raylan for a while so I could go to the gym. Sounds like they had a good time playing games and watching some cartoons.
Later, when I asked Raylan if he had fun with Uncle Ryan, his response was, "Yes! He talks a lot. And he knows about a lot about everything!"
So I guess that's a success?
Late Saturday afternoon Raylan and I went shopping. Raylan helped pick out some fruit and helped carry some groceries into the house when we got home. He also managed to get a ride on a lady's motorized wheelchair with her after repeatedly asking her how it worked. They both seemed to have fun, but as this lady was wheeling through the store with my kid I suddenly wondered exactly how fast those motorized things can go and what I should do if she suddenly headed for the front door. ("County Prosecutor tackles handicapped woman and child! News at 10:00!!!"). No drama in the end, though. Just fun.
We had pizza bagel bites for dinner and then raided Mom's (i.e., Amy Mom's) vanilla ice cream. And her chocolate sauce.
|He demanded the ice cream bowl instead of the cone, and I couldn't figure out why.|
|Father's Day breakfast, 2018.|
|Raylan and Uncle Donald polish off some BBQ|
Amy came home, and I was really happy to have her back. I missed her!
Raylan missed her, too.
Once, I think on Saturday when I was getting ready to give him a bath, he walked up to me and said, out of the blue, "I miss Mom. I don't need Mom, but I want Mom."
We've been talking about the difference between wants and needs when he says stuff like, "I need ice cream!!"
Anyway, I thought this was a very insightful thing for a 3 year old to say. I was glad he felt comfortable with me taking care of him, but, of course, I was not at all surprised to hear that he wanted his mom. I knew the feeling...
Anyway, Amy's back now, and everything feels more normal.
I had a nice weekend with Raylan, though. There was something sort of special about taking Father's Day weekend and actually spending a lot of it caring for Raylan and strengthening that bond.
Hats off to the single parents because it's tiring, but I had a nice weekend having some Dad time with the boy!
And now I'm glad Amy is back... ;-)