Yesterday was the first time I’d taken all three kids to the park for a play. I know, sounds a bit late right? Well, playgroup was unexpectedly cancelled so a few of us figured it was worth hanging out still. BUT it was pretty difficult keeping track of all of them. Especially because the park wasn’t enclosed and also when I take into account how Copperhead is “strong-willed” (*cough sarcasm cough*) AKA, a defiant runner too.

It was interesting seeing all of their personalities at play (pardon the pun) in that kind of setting. Little Man went off, confident and full of energy. Copperhead was more hesitant and I had to hold her for a few minutes. She seemed less interested in the equipment or other children and more in exploring the adjacent road and green. Little Red, like her big brother, just went for it. Due to her lower limb constraints she was slower than the other kids but she climbed steep steps, made her way over bridges and was even game to try a net wall.



PERSONALITIES AT PLAY

Later that day I was telling Hubby all about it. About how proud I was of us all for attempting the outing and how keeping tabs on everyone was both incredibly stressful and lovely at the same time.

I love how Little Man easily makes friends and runs about with them like he’s known them forever. He’s a social butterfly and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body.

I love how Copperhead is so interested in nature, like the leaves that have fallen off the trees and the birds in the sky. She’s just so happy being outside, feeling the fresh air on her face and taking all of it in.

According to Katie PERSONALITIES AT PLAY

I love how Little Red is confident enough to just go and sit with a complete stranger on their picnic blanket because they’ve broken out the lunch boxes! Her determination is inspiring, the way she never got frustrated or asked for help on the climbing frames. She just took her time, even as the other kids ran by, and did it – repeatedly.

KEEPING WATCH

Keeping watch was really a three man operation. I stood near the pram so I could constantly survey the whole park. While doing repeated head counts I would routinely lose track of one and my heart would start racing. My friend, D, who had her own little girl to watch too, helped me keep track. All it took was a quick eye catch, scan and a point but it was a MASSIVE help.

It’s just another thing you don’t realise the difficulty of doing until you try it. I’d love to get to the park more but given the stress levels it induces I’ve decided I can only go with a dedicated kid wrangler! Any takers?!

Love,
K x




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