Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Dividing Undivided Attention

So I've been feeling pretty guilty about the fact that A) Owen got our undivided attention for 27 months before his sudden and shocking entry into sibling-hood and B) Quincy was born into sibling-hood and therefore experienced zero months of undivided attention. Also, Quincy has been a very good natured spectator at many of Owen's classes and activities over the past almost 7 months. Today, each boy got some one-on-one time with Mommy, and Quincy got to go to his own class.

Annanne came over to stay with Quincy this morning so that Owen and I could have a play date. It was very fun (and so easy!) to take one child to our wonderful local toy store to play for a while. We made a quick stop at a coffee shop where Owen charmed all of the women working and waiting in line. From the Toy Factory Owen got dropped off at Grandma and Grandpa's house. Then I rushed home to pick up Quincy and get to our first session of Live and Learn with your Baby. I took this class twice with Owen when he was an infant. It's a great opportunity to meet other moms and for babies to interact with other babies. The babies range in age from one month to 9 1/2 months. Our dear friends Rebecca and Baby Cole attend as well.

It was a great Mommy day to have some one-on-one time with each of them and then to see both of
their faces light up and their arms go around each other when they saw each other at the end of the day.

I'll attempt to add some pictures to this post. If it works, this is a picture of
Owen and Quincy on Epiphany and a picture of Owen playing the guitar that he got for Christmas. If you don't see any pictures, just use your imagination :)


Brittany Maloney said...

this may sound stupid, but what is Epiphany? Love the updates- keep them coming! Als0- don't feel too guilty, as a happy and well-adjusted 2nd child I survived and in fact enjoyed the constant presence of my sib since birth. I do applaud the special time with each however- a very cool tradition!

Shahnaz said...

Yea, the first comment on my blog! Not a stupid question, Britt. Epiphany (AKA Little Christmas, Three Kings Day, and Los Reyes Magos) is the day the wise men reached Bethlehem and visited baby Jesus. It's a big deal in Latin American countries, especially for kids. They often celebrate by cutting some grass the day before and putting it in a box under their bed. When they wake up, there is a present there. We didn't do the grass thing, but Abuela and Noni Jo sent a Reyes Magos package with some gifts, and my mom had some as well.

Shahnaz said...

Oh, and as an only child, the one thing (besides a horse) that I longed for during my childhood was siblings, so I absolutely value their siblinghood over constant undivided attention. It is special to have a little one-on-one time with each of them though.