I hate to admit this, but it has been almost a year since I have had valuable alone time with my daughter. I was so gigantic at the end of my pregnancy with my second child, that I was practically bed ridden and too tired to have any quality time with my daughter. And once the baby arrived, my focus has been mostly on taking care of his needs. I feel bad about this, because I feel like she has been getting the short end of the stick since time spent exclusively with my very independent four and a half year old has been virtually non-existent, until the other day. I even wrote a Letter of Apology to her for this. But, as it turned out, my daughter was off from school this week due to parent-teacher conferences and the Thanksgiving holiday, and my son was scheduled to go to daycare on Monday. I decided to use this time wisely and have our very first girls’ day.
It was a rainy, warm day so we strapped on our rain boots and played outside.
I let her jump in the mud and fought the urge to yell “STOP! You’re getting dirrtttyyy!!!”
We went out to lunch and I let her eat whatever she wanted. We skipped the veggies, and added an extra helping of dessert.
Then I took her to get her nails done. At $6, she was able to experience some female pampering for the first time in her life. (I just hope I don’t create a monster.)
We listened to her favorite music with the volume turned way, way up and took silly selfies.
It was a nice break just to invest all my energy and focus on one child, and I know my daughter was happy to have her mom all to herself for a few hours. I don’t know why I have never thought of doing this before. I guess life goes so fast, you forget to stop and carve out special time for your loved ones. From now on, we will be having more of these girls’ days because I have a GREAT little girl that I genuinely enjoying hanging out with and look forward to deepening our mother-daughter relationship. I feel so blessed and lucky to be her mom.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families! May your day be filled with many precious moments!