So just before we left for California, we squeezed in a spontaneous trip to the pumpkin patch. We kept saying we would go, but Ohio weather can be a bit unpredictable at this time of year, and it was either too cold, raining, or we were out of town. Since we were at a wedding on Halloween, I wanted to make sure we still got to do some thing Halloween inspired so Sugar Plum could show off her adorable costume.
Last Friday it was sunny with a cool breeze so J asked if he could leave work early to take us. We went back and forth on whether to wait until Saturday or not, since the farm closed at 6 pm and we’d arrive there just around 5. However, on Saturday there was a 55% chance of rain… so we took the risk, J left work, and we headed up to the farm an hour before closing… I’m so glad we did! It wasn’t crowded, the weather was nice, and it turns out that an hour is the perfect amount of time a 1 year old and 5 month pregnant woman want to spend there.
Some things were closed like the kettle corn and fresh fry booth, but we still got to look at pumpkins and poke around the rustic little gift shop.
J and I never really do anything just with Sophie. We always like to invite grandparents, which we definitely don’t regret, but as we were looking back on the past year with Soph we realized, we haven’t done a single thing, just the three of us. While grandparent time is certainly important, so is just regular family bonding. I thought it was particularly important to take a moment, just the three of us, to do some thing carefree and fun since soon it will be the FOUR of us! I want to treasure the final days J and I have to 100% focus on Sophie. Come February, I’ll never know how it feels to just be one-on-one with my kid ever again. I know that sounds dramatic… but it’s true. Even if I set aside time for each of my children, the others will always be in the back of my mind, and there will be a limit to how much time I can put the rest of them off while spending time with another. These are not necessarily negative things, but I do want to soak up these last moments of having an only child while I still can.
And I don’t think Sophie minds the extra attention 😉