Update: Mom and Dad’s Visit

My parents left this morning after spending a few weeks with us, and I couldn’t let such a fun time go without blogging.
From the moment my parents disappeared behind the tree line I have not had a free moment to process their departure. Gideon has been spoiled with more attention than usual, and woke up from his nap ready for non-stop play and stimulation. I decided to let house chores take a back seat, and focus on him. Although we made sure everyone gave proper farewells, Gideon is still too young to process that his grandparents won’t be back for a long while, or that things are suddenly different. He asked for my mom and dad all day, and did not let me out of his sight. Poor little guy. I am OK with having to wean him back into our usual daily routine, and letting him adapt to independent play again. Not having my parents here after seeing them 24/7 for weeks was enough of a step in the weaning process for today. For both of us.

In an attempt to delay the inevitable crying and mourning session, I’ll get straight to the point.

On Day 1 we went to the Zoo. Abuela wore Gideon in our sling, and they both loved it.

Zoo Day! Abuela wore Gideon in the sling, and they both loved it. Great way to bond on their first day together.

Gideon loved riding the Zoo Train with his abuelos!

Gideon loved riding the Zoo Train with his abuelos!

Gideon insisted on sitting in the seat like a big boy.

Gideon insisted on sitting in the seat like a big boy.

We took Gideon to the Kentucky Horse Farm, and it was a hit with everyone.

We took Gideon to the Kentucky Horse Farm, and it was a hit with everyone.

Kentucky Horse Farm

One night we made milanesas for dinner. Daniel and Gideon were in charge of prepping the potatoes for a side dish.

One night we made milanesas for dinner. Daniel and Gideon were in charge of prepping the potatoes for a side dish.

The last time Gideon had all 4 grandparents together was when he was born.

The last time Gideon had all 4 grandparents together was when he was born.

We took Gideon for his first train ride, and it was a hit!

We took Gideon for his first train ride, and it was a hit!

No amount of discretion can make Gideon miss the transfer of his pacifier from one place to another.

No amount of discretion can make Gideon miss the transfer of his pacifier from one place to another.

Enjoying some snuggles on the train.

Enjoying some snuggles on the train.

We spent an afternoon at Washington Park! The weather during my parents' visit was perfect.

We spent an afternoon at Washington Park! The weather during my parents’ visit was perfect.

Gideon got more and more daring at the water pad, and got himself pretty wet!

Gideon got more and more daring at the water pad, and got himself pretty wet!

We spent a weekend in the country with my sister-in-law's parents, and Gideon rode a tractor with his abuelo!

We spent a weekend in the country with my sister-in-law’s parents, and Gideon rode a tractor with his abuelo!

Gideon absolutely loved it. Here is waving goodbye to us.

Gideon absolutely loved it. Here is waving goodbye to us.

Gideon was hooked on his abuelos. He got to spend a lot of quality time with both of them, particularly my dad.

Gideon was hooked on his abuelos. He got to spend a lot of quality time with both of them, particularly my dad.

Here is Gideon with my parents, and the quilt my mom made for him hanging in the background.

Here is Gideon with my parents, and the quilt my mom made for him hanging in the background.

There are hundreds of pictures taken while my parents were here, but these are a select few that I really love.

“Cute Memory” Archive:

1. Ojitos (Gideon squints his little eyes when we say “ojitos?”)

2. Payaso Plin Plin (Gideon’s new favorite song)

3. Gideon fake coughing (ay que tos!)

4. Gideon imitating my dad, walking with his hands clasped behind his back.

5. Gideon exploding with new vocabulary (predominantly spanish) with – not 1 as usual, but 3 spanish speakers in the house!

6. “Gideon call abuelo. Abueeeelo!”, Gideon would say “eeeeh … oh!” in a really soft voice. Adorbs.

Opportunities to see my parents will take on a whole new magnitude of importance to me now that Gideon is in the picture. The older he gets, the more he will learn to treasure and really appreciate the people who love him most. Gideon asks about them all the time now that they are gone. I’ve decided I’m going to be honest with him, and keep my answers simple. I plan on telling him that they are at home, that they love him, and that they love God most.

There is no doubt that having grandparents who love God most will inspire him to love God most, too.

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