Here's a little conversation my mom had with Malachi the other night when I was at work:
Malachi: My mom's going to have another baby, but she doesn't have it right now. I want a baby sister and I'd name her Gumdrop. I like that name. Grandma: What if it isn't a girl? You can't choose, you have to take what you get. Malachi: Oh, I'd like a baby brother so Zachary could have a baby. I'd share my bed and Eli and my dog with Gumdrop. I could carry Gumdrop around because he'd be a little baby, not like Zachary.I've been making a big effort to get us out to visit some of the sites in our area. I bought one of the Discover Pass's, which is a $30 vehicle pass that you have to have to park at the state parks here. It's $10 for a day visit or $30 for the year. I figure I need to use it at least 4 times to make it worth it! So far we've done our trip to McLane Creek Nature Trail and Tolmie State Park (which is, apparently, one of those things I didn't blog about). We also visited the Nisqually Nature Wildlife Reserve on June 8th. That wasn't something we needed our pass for, but was a great walk with the kids.
I have all these great intentions of doing these fun walks.... but unfortunately, I think Zachary is going to try to thwart my efforts. He doesn't like spending large amounts of time in my carrier - which is annoying when you don't want to take a stroller.
On our trip to the Nisqually NWR it went something like this:
- Started out with Zach on my back in the Ergo carrier.
- Halfway down the trail he starts fussing and I'm walking/bouncing to keep him happy.
- A little farther he's crying - so Daddy takes him out and carries him (which makes Zach super happy)
- At the halfway point, where we have to turn around, I say "maybe he'd like it better if he was on the front and he feels more 'carried'". So I turn it around and put him in the front.
- This works for about 1/4 of the trip back and at this point I'm walking so funny to try to keep him happy that my leg is tired and I still have a screaming baby attached to me. People are staring at me and giving me those "poor girl" looks as they pass me.
- Finally, I take one shoulder strap off and with him half in and half out of the carrier, I hold him the rest of the way. This makes him perfectly happy because he's being carried in my arms and not in the carrier. Daddy at this point was carrying a tired Malachi on his shoulder.
I kept telling Zachary that I have big plans for all our hiking trips this summer and that he's just going to have to get used to it. It's not like he's never been in it before, but apparently he's made the decision he likes a little more freedom of movement.... but this momma doesn't have enough arm strength to carry him that far! Notice the happy face in the picture below... that is almost at the end of the hike... and he's super happy to be free!