Friday’s Firsts

Both of my children had some “firsts” in their lives on Friday. I took them swimming at the Y, which was a wonderful break from the monotony. It’s been very cold here lately, so even going outside for a few minutes at a time is just tough. But a nice warm indoor toddler pool was just the thing.

I had to chuckle while I was there because I had Gelato’s carseat/carrier and I had put our towels and stuff in it rather than getting a locker. I brought it out to the pool area with us. I had Hula Girl walk in front of me, I carried Gelato, and I had the carrier swinging at my side. A little boy who was probably 8 or so looked at me with HUGE round eyes and said, “How many babies do you HAVE?!” Ha, guess he thought the carrier had another baby in it!

Anyway, our firsts:

Gelato: first time swimming and blew his first raspberry!

Hula Girl: first kid’s meal and first time she’s ever had her full name used in a “you’re in so much trouble!” kind of way.

Gelato’s are self-explanatory. Hula Girl’s kid’s meal came on the way home from swimming when I realized it was 4:50 and she needed to eat by 5:15, while I had to get Gelato down for the night by 5:30. So we stopped at Wendy’s. Can I just tell you that I hated every second of it!?!? I do not want my kids eating that kind of grossness. Alas, it was what we had to do. Then when we got home, it was freezing so I decided to rush Hula Girl to the front door and let her in to take off shoes and coat while I ran back to the car (parked in the driveway, where I could see it the whole time) to get Gelato. When he and I came in the door, Hula Girl was nowhere to be seen. I heard rustling upstairs (where she is not allowed to be by herself), and I said loudly and sternly, “[Hula Girl’s full name including both middle names!], come downstairs right now.” I heard scrambling, then, “Yes, Mommy! I’m coming!” She knew she was being naughty. Haha! I still don’t know what she was doing. Must not have been too destructive. (Don’t worry- our house is toddler proof. It’s not like she was guzzling medicine or anything like that.)

So there you have it! Would you believe that Gelato’s first swimming experience was literally seven full months earlier than Hula Girl’s? I don’t know why we waited so long to take her. Must have been because we lived in the world’s smallest town that only had an outdoor pool! 🙂 Thank goodness for the YMCA.


  1. Kristy said,

    January 14, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Glad you got out to do something physical. That can make life feel so much nicer in the middle of winter. Your “something physical” was carrying all those babies, right? 🙂

    I wish I was as consistent as you! I’m impressed that Hula Girl obeyed (after your call) right away, and also that you seem to enforce your rules every.single.time even though you also have a baby to look after. You’re awesome!

    • January 15, 2013 at 3:36 pm

      HA, I think it’s more like she’s awesome and I caught her in the right frame of mind. We had, after all, just gone out swimming and gotten her a kids meal. Apparently she felt she owed me a little FTO. 😉

  2. Jaclyn said,

    January 14, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Do you have a chick fil a? They have grilled nuggets kids meals with a fruit cup side. And they use chicken with no hormones or antibiotics. That’s always my first choice for P if there’s one nearby. We also, on occasion, do Taco Bell and I get her a cheese roll up (cheese on a tortilla). Still processed cheese and white flour, but in my head its the next best option. Haha.

    • January 15, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      we do NOT have a CFA. I am not happy about it! The closest one is an hour away. 😦 But you KNOW my girl would be all up in that play place if she could!

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