“Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I’d say our afternoon just got booked solid!”
We ventured over to Dreamfield Farms for our very first play date on Thursday.
It’s a big deal to venture places these days. We need to start talking about the places we’re going to venture to at least 24 hours in advance so that little man has time to process what’s coming up. Of course he didn’t have a clue what a “pumpkin patch” was, but when described as a place he could “run, jump and have fun at”, he was all smiles and super intrigued.
I had called earlier in the week to find out when there wouldn’t be many people there, and we were so tickled to discover that we almost had the place completely to ourselves.
We didn’t tell Steevenson we were meeting a new friend of ours and her little boy there, because one thing that *really* seems to make him uncomfortable is a “build-up” when it comes to meeting people. He’s also not a fan of formal introductions, so we just let the kids meet each other organically (is that the right word?) while us parents exchanged hugs and struck up a conversation.
It didn’t take long for the kiddos to gravitate towards the same activity (bean bag toss), and you would’ve thought they were long lost friends by the time they made their way over to the corn pits, no more than fifteen minutes later.
That’s one thing I love about little kids. They make such fast friends. Like, there doesn’t necessarily even need to be any exchanging of names. Sometimes it’s just, “Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I don’t know who you are, but I’d say our afternoon just got booked solid!“.
I don’t know what age that goes away…that openness…but gosh is it ever refreshing/inspiring to see it happen time and time again with Steevenson these days.
We were worried it might be hard for him to break away from the farm, and the other boy and his mama (leaving families with kiddos has been one of our biggest attachment-related struggles since before we left Haiti), but y’all, would you believe he simply hugged his friend goodbye and said, “see ya later!” when it was time to go?! 😀
Kevin and I breathed a GIGANTIC sigh of relief and showered our babe with hugs, kisses and praise as we made our way back to the car. I really can’t express how proud we were of him that day. I mean, to go to a new place, meet new people, have TONS of fun, exert a LOT of energy, and then just say goodbye and hop in the car??? It was such a massive step for him, and so encouraging to Kevin and I.
Prayers appreciated for his first-ever wellness exam this morning. I’m sure there will be blood draws and I’m really *hoping* there aren’t a million people in costumes. (Can you say, overwhelming?) I never thought about how strange it would be for him to come home around Halloween. I will be so glad when all the life-sized Grim Reapers, skeletons and witches are removed from people’s porches. Poor kid doesn’t understand why there are “scary men” and “scary ladies” everywhere. Thankfully, after riding by them so many times over the past few weeks, he is getting a little more used to them, but I know he’ll feel a lot more comfortable when they’re gone. I will too! :-O
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