A Good Day

by Courtney Sirotin on June 12, 2013

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I had a great day with Dylan. It was nothing out of the ordinary, but these are the days that I want to hold onto, to preserve. He’s growing up so fast and our days together like this are limited (sniff, sniff), but having them now, and pausing to share them here, is important to me. I have mourned the loss of each stage he has passed through, because I want his childhood to go on forever, but I’m never disappointed with the next one. Also, I am filled with gratitude that he is growing and thriving, and at the end of the day, that’s the only thing that really matters.

After a typical morning at home, highlighted by a poop in the potty (Dylan) that took a lot of effort (Forgive me, Dylan, if you ever read this!), we attended his weekly Little Gym class. Dylan is still working through how to best express himself to strangers, both kids and adults. He works both ends of the spectrum, alternating hugs and kisses with pushing. I like that he has strong emotive feelings towards others, as I suspect he is quite emphatic, but it will be good for him to figure out the middle ground. In most cases, a simple, “Hi, I’m Dylan. Want to play?” would serve him well.

After Little Gym we hopped in the car and hustled to the premiere showing of Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at the Center for Puppetry Arts.

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Dylan likes to walk around the museum before a show and always stops at this station where you can make your own puppet faces:

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Getting a membership to the puppetry center is already paying off. We got the best seats in the house! We were in the first row, front and center.

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You are not allowed to take pictures during the shows, but I so wish I could. The presentation was incredible and the artwork, props and puppets were just insane. It was like the book literally came to life on stage. Dylan loved it. I think he is really starting to appreciate art and performance. I bet I’ll be watching him on a stage someday.

After the show we drove to the Silver Comet Trail where I went for a long walk and Dylan took a good nap in the shade and fresh air. It wasn’t too hot and the walk refreshed us both.

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(Side note: My stroller is so gross! Dylan is sort of past the stroller stage, so we just use it for these long walks. It is caked in sunscreen and old snacks and the tires are practically flat. Every time we use it I vow not to use it again until I put air in the tires and scrub it clean, but then I forget and we use it again.)

I thought we might go home and relax for a bit after that, but Dylan climbed up on the kitchen counter (his new awesome/not awesome trick) and pulled down the vanilla extract and a teaspoon measure from a cabinet and then proceeded to walk around the house clutching the two items saying, “Make cookies? Make cookies?”

In the moment I thought, I’m beat but that’s cute so yes, definitely yes.

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Like I said at the top of this post, I am always quite aware of these special moments (it’s a blessing and a curse because I rarely let myself off the hook), so we pulled out all the ingredients and got to work making cookies. Dylan is getting so good in the kitchen. He loves pouring and measuring and really understands the process and steps involved in making things like cookies and brownies. Sure, I wish he wanted to make a salad with me, but I’m still glad he enjoys creating in the kitchen.

Another thing we are both good at creating in the kitchen is a mess. We made this one in a matter of minutes:

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I think he was pleased with his creation!

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We made a recipe that calls for a can of mashed chickpeas and it was awesome! It was a pretty light recipe with good ingredients, so I feel like it was a bit of win nutritionally. Let me know if you guys want it and I’ll do a post!

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After that, still in the mood to create, we play play-doh. Dylan asked me to make him a cupcake and then took great pride in decorating it.

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Here he is proud of his work, and I’m proud of him!

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It was a good day, plain and simple. A day worth preserving. <3

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DONNA CUSHING June 12, 2013 at 7:23 pm

Sounds like a day I would love. Those are some good times !

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CAROL June 14, 2013 at 2:49 am

I’ve noticed, in the last two posts, that Dylan’s face is getting fuller! In one side view picture, I saw very similar features to your mom! He’s beginning to move into the little boy stage!! You are so lucky that you are an active part of each stage Dylan travels through!

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