My Funny Valentine

by Courtney Sirotin on February 15, 2012

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It occurred to me too late in the day that I should’ve made a bigger deal out of Valentine’s Day. When I was little, and still today, my parents go out of their way to make holidays special for me. I tend to brush them off, but I really do owe it to Dylan to celebrate the holidays.

I wonder why I didn’t have the impulse to dress him in red today? Looking back, I have this shirt he could’ve worn:

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But my brain didn’t go there. He hasn’t grasped the concept of a holiday yet, so I guess I have time to improve. Although…in our own way, we celebrated. I just didn’t realize it at the time.


We went to the mall after Dylan’s nap. He really enjoys doing all the germy things at the mall so I cringe and indulge him. First we got one of the public strollers:

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Then he played in the play area with a bunch of other kids:

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When I felt he was tuckered out enough to tolerate trying on shoes, I took him to Stride Rite. On our way there my mother called to wish me a happy Valentine’s Day and to let me know my present was going to be a little late. I had forgotten it was V-Day until her call and immediately felt bad that I wasn’t celebrating it with Dylan. I felt even worse when my mom asked how we were celebrating. I admitted my shortcomings and she suggested we make a heart crown out of red construction paper when we got home (she is a teacher) because she knows Dylan likes to wear things on his head. Her other suggestion was that we share a festive cookie while still at the mall. She then told me about a deep fried Oreo someone gave her at school that day that was delicious. After hanging up, I geared up to do something to celebrate. But first, shoes.

I learned something interesting from the sales person at Stride Rite and I’m going to share it here exclusively. This is a total “no duh” but it just never occurred to me. She said that the reason Dylan’s shoes weren’t fitting right was because I was dressing him in no-skid socks. His socks have just a tiny bit of rubbery writing on the bottoms to help him from slipping on hardwood floors. Apparently (obviously!), that no-skid writing has been preventing his feet from moving around in his shoes the way their supposed to. Rather than buy new shoes all he really needed was new socks.

Taking a cue from my mother, Dylan and I then celebrated Valentine’s Day by sharing some ice cream. I ordered it with sprinkles to make it festive. I parked his stroller-buggy in a busy part of the mall and we both people-watched while we took turns with the spoon. It was messy but fun Smile

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We (I) had to use the potty after that so we went into Macy’s to use the (comparatively) clean bathrooms. I spotted a great deal on a jacket that looked like something Jay would like so I impulsively bought it so that Dylan could give it to him for Valentine’s Day.

It was getting late for Dylan’s dinner when we got home but I’d been planning to make a Paleo-friendly meatloaf for Jay (Remember I said he’s on a version of that diet?). I was also hoping it would also appeal to Dylan because the recipe called for a homemade, tangy sauce on top. My father-in-law, Russ, has determined that Dylan likes tangy food (see his comments on this post) so I was hoping to test his hypothesis.

I decided to make Dylan wait for dinner while I cooked the meatloaf. I was hoping he would be extra hungry but my plan backfired and by the time he ate he was just tired and wanted to go to bed. But before that, while it was cooking, Dylan decorated the Macy’s gift box.

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Jay arrived home from work and Dylan presented him with his gift. It was sweet and made me happy that we celebrated the holiday a little.

Jay liked his gift <3

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We rearranged the nighttime routine and gave Dylan his bath before dinner (which was taking forever to cook).

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When dinner was ready, I put Dylan in his highchair but his mouth was impenetrable! All I got was a lot of this look:

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So we gave up and Dylan went to bed. It was an anti-climatic finish to a rather humble Valentine’s Day, but if the day is measured by love, I’d say it was exceptional.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

JASON SIROTIN February 15, 2012 at 3:14 am

He is so damn cute. I love the jacket Courtney! You and Dylan are the best. Don’t feel bad about not celebrating Valentines day or any holidays right now. He doesn’t even know what a heart is let alone a holiday made by the card industry to celebrate love. Everyday with you is a holiday for him. You are a wonderful mommy.


DONNA February 20, 2012 at 2:37 am

I love the picture of you with Dylan in the tub! You are my special valentines!


COURTNEY February 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

You are always mine, Mom!


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