Diana was down for the count today, after battling all kinds of gross respiratory issues since Sunday. Or more to the point, I insisted that she stay down. That gave me the chance to spend most of the day with Simon one-on-one, which I honestly enjoy doing from time to time. It meant I'd have to skip on work stuff, but such are the decisions you have to make when you decide to be self-employed.
The thing that strikes me about being alone with Simon for long periods of time is that it can be really hard. It makes me feel all kinds of things, not the least of which is how fantastic of a mom Diana is. It also makes me reaffirm my decision to make sure I was able to spend more time with him for the summer.
We started our day with haircuts, which are finally a non-event, for the most part. He still doesn't want the clippers anywhere near his head, but I'll take it if he sits still otherwise. I made lunch and dinner for him, we played with cars, we did some imagining with his cash register, watched a little Sesame Street, and read some books. I complain about how he's always testing our limits lately, and I almost lost my shit today when he was non-cooperative about getting out of the car, but it's worth noting that he's also being a cuddle monkey lately. He's all about hugs. While watching TV, he pulled my arms around him. How cute is that?
Raising Simon isn't always easy, but it's so fantastic to see this little person developing into a big person. We're not far now from having conversations with him, and I just can't wait for that day to come. Parenthood is fantastic.