I’m enjoying my time with Little Man. We’re taking several classes and we’ve found a lovely playgroup we both like, too. I’m finding things all so different this time round, as my son is nothing like his sister.
Boo was, and is, a ball of confident energy. She’s in constant motion, and is always looking to chat and make new friends. As a toddler, this translated as a lively, happy child, and she was a ‘runner’! Yep, she was a toddler that had to have reins, and even then, she was straining and tricky to keep by my side. I loved her enthusiasm, though there’s no doubt it also exasperated and exhausted me on many occasions!
Little Man, well he’s arguably more of a daredevil then Boo ever was, though he does have a big sister to show him all of the dangerous things he could be attempting! But when we’re out and about, he’s shy and he stays with me. Holds my hand as we stroll along, or is content in the pushchair. When people smile at him, he promptly puts the pushchair hood up and covers himself, extremely rude of him and hilarious to me!
I see the contrast between the two of them so clearly when we go to one of our classes. My Boo memories of this walk to and from class were not the most relaxing and smiley ones, as she was invariably running off, and it was a battle of wills to get us back to the car safely. Not so with Little Man, which has been a very refreshing change for me! We contentedly walk along and chat about the class and then what we’re going to do when we get home. He’s right there, happy to be my side, and if he wanders off, I know he will pop back to me, unlike his wayward sister!
This week it was a rainy walk, which gave him an excuse to find puddles, and he so loves finding puddles. So yes, he wandered off a little, splashed about, and made our morning all the more fun.
I really enjoy this walk now and it seems it’s even better when it’s raining! It’s relaxed, we’re in no hurry, and my stress levels are low! Though there’ll always be a little nostalgic place in my heart for Boo’s chaotic chasing days there, too!