Sunday, June 01, 2008

New Parent Moment

My hubby and I coined this little saying 10 months ago when we first became parents to let ourselves off the hook a little during times when we got overly worried about nothing and dragged the baby to the doctor, or forgot to pack the diaper bag when headed out, or fed the baby some food he wasn't supposed to have. It's simply the phrase "new parents" but it's said with a kind of upward shrug of the shoulders, hands out at your sides palm facing up, and music plays in the background when you say it (it sounds like "wah-wah-waaaaaah").

So last weekend, I did something that led me to say "new parents" to myself. We took little Pumpkin out on a several-hour excursion in the stroller, equipped with his cute (and often complimented!) new hat, handmade by mama. We were out so long that the nasty sun still managed to sneak through. Hence, in the photo above, you can see his Rudolph-style red nose and ultra-rosy cheeks. He's since recovered, and I've since started to use sunscreen pretty regularly. In fact I had the sunscreen with me all along, but didn't really see the need to put it on him. Boy that tender baby skin burns easily! Wah-wah-waaaaah!

Today finally felt like summer here. It hit about 85 and I soaked it in. I bought some veggies to plant in the garden and we sat on a blanket on the lawn for quite some time, just tasting grass (new parents!) and watching the clouds. I hope you had a refreshing weekend, too!


KristenMary said...

Ronan got a sun burn this last Saturday and every time I look at it I feel terrible!! It's only on his arms, luckily, but that sun is pesky! We only had him out for about 20 minutes.

Jen said...

I love your saying. I'm sure I'll have plenty of opportunity to use it.

So how small can you make those sun hats? We went to the mall to buy one for little I but they were gigantic.

DK said...

Just a heads up, I had a reporter from the Pioneer Press over to interview me about dad blogging. I did as much name dropping as I could and I know I mentioned you as one of the blogs I read. The article should be out on Father's day.