Motivated by the brain development chat at MetroImma, see yesterday’s post, I took my 15 month old out for a walk in the drizzle yesterday.
We strolled over to the gas station to fill the stroller tires with air and then came home via the park. We did not stop at the playground because my son doesn’t know about that yet, plus it was raining and everything was wet. I did, however, let him out of the stroller to run around in the green space next to the soccer fields.
He had the time of his life! He walked and ran on the paved path, then checked out the grass, back to the path, back to the grass. He was grinning, and laughing. I really think he was comparing textures, noticing that it was much more difficult and slower to walk on the grass than the pavement. He lifted his face to feel the rain land on it. At one point he saw a dog. He whole body went rigid and started shaking with excitement! He pointed and shouted “babyyyyy, babyyyy, babyyyy”. Every living thing is “baby” for him. He waved and said hi to everyone he saw, never mind that they didn’t see him. He was delighted!
Finally, I strapped him into the stroller. He sang and talked all the way home! By this I mean “aaaahed” and “maaa, maaaed” 🙂
When we got home, we had lunch and my little one settled into a beautiful, peaceful nap. Ah, the benefits of fresh air and exercise…