Originally posted 2008-06-02 12:08:19.
So this Daddee had actually taken a few days off work just to be with Caitlin, on her first school holiday break.
We went to KidsZone- the kids gym at Hartamas Shopping centre. Sure, there are a few of such around already, but I chose that because Caitlin has been there before, when she was not even 2 years old yet. Daddee had video-ed her on her first visit, and she had only recently watched that again, exclaiming that she would like to go again.
And just like the last time, despite now having a growing middle age (midlife crisis??) potbelly, I still managed to follow her around the 4 foot walkways and tunnels with the camcorder, able to still kneel on both knees, and not tearing my jeans! (Albeit the stretchy almost-hanging-off-my-hips I-am-down-with-it design). But this time, instead of going around wide-eyed absorbing the new surrounds and what older kids do, Caitlin was “on the other side”, being the older kid now, somewhat bossing the younger ones around, temporarily befriending kids (you know, on the spot friends with no names exchanged, until time to go home).
It will be interesting to watch the video of the second visit- what a contrast it will be to see her having grown since the first time, and with both taken from inside the same playground!
Also, this Daddee’s finally managed to bring Caitlin for a much-awaited swim in the pool. It’s been a combo of no-time-for-it as well as her perpetual coughing that has prohibited her from going for the next dip. Much to her delight, we actually went for a mid-morning swim on 2 consecutive days, the second one being Daddee being woken up by the 3yr old beside the bed with “Daddee can we go swimming” more than 10 times over… without a snooze button. And much to my delight, she had no fear of the water despite being away from it so long. In fact, she overcame the fear of being temporarily submerged, now daring to jump into the pool instead of the slow-easing-into-the-water via the ladder. She’s also remembered how to kick and propel herself in the water… Can you just feel the proud Daddee??
I also managed to bring her window shopping. With all these activities, this Daddee feels a sense of satisfaction when it’s all taken a happy toll on her, seeing her knocked out for a well deserved afternoon nap; dashed with the humor of her declaring beforehand “Daddee, I am going to sleep for a while… okay?”
On a slightly related note, the following are Caitlin / Caleb’s cousins, taken recently at our family trip to Skytrex, the outdoor adventure canopy walk / climb…. after all, it is the school holidays. I didn’t bring Caitlin, knowing full well that she would be underaged and this Daddee would have to babysit her the whole time there… she is still too young/small to attempt the kids’ version / trek.
At the same time, I can’t wait for my kids to be old enough to also bring them to such activities, but also not wanting them to grow too quickly either.. sigh.
As you can tell, the age gap between this crazy bunch and my kids is quite big; with the closest one already in secondary year 2. Thus this Daddee has to be somewhat creative and indulgent, and “isolated” from her cousins, in engaging my little one(s) in activities…
Not all the cousins are here; some are already in university!