On Saturday, we took the girls to the Wilderness Park! I had not been out of the house (except for my weekly OB appointment) since New Year’s Day!
Mr. M has taken the girls lots of places, but I’ve had to stay home because of my pelvic displacement (SPD). Cabin fever was really starting to take over – so I thought go with them to get some fresh air and get out of the house for a bit!
It was a gorgeous day – the type you just can’t believe happens in January in the Northern Hemisphere! Unbelievable for this Midwestern mama!
The girls had a phenomenal time, running through the park and making friends with the other kids there. Because it was a weekend, the park was pretty packed! I always forget it’s more park and less wilderness…but considering we live in Los Angeles, we do the best we can! 🙂
I pretty severely underestimated how hard it would be for me to walk through the park. I was in agony most of the time (just keeping it real).
I found myself taking lots of stops, sitting, and then being annoyed by all the people (crowds) around me, when all I wanted was some PEACE and quiet outdoors.
But, I am not very mobile, so it was hard to move myself to other parts of the park that might have been less crowded. I felt kinda frustrated and grumpy, honestly. Is that allowed at 38 weeks pregnant? 🙂
Ginger (5) wanted to stay with me, even though I was sitting mostly. She is always my constant companion no matter what. I LOVE that about her – I really do.
I just felt bad because she often will sit out playing with other kids just to be near me, and I want her to go play and have fun! Eventually, she did find a group of kids and played with them for awhile in the creek. But, I would always see her looking over at me, checking on me, making sure I was okay – and never really losing herself in play like the other kids.
She is so quiet and serious – intense, introspective, and so incredibly thoughtful. I have learned to accept her for who she is – because I seriously can’t change her (and wouldn’t want to). She has an iron will. I know I’ve been saying that since she was 2! Haha.
Violet (3) had a great time – she always does! She fed the ducks in the pond over and over (with the duck food they sell at the park) even though there were hardly any ducks to feed. Haha.
Mr. M and I sat on the picnic tables and had a nice talk about the girls and their personalities.
Papirka (8) is gentle, kind, and compassionate. She is definitely an introvert (as is Ginger…jury is still out on Violet). She loves being around people, and also loves recharging alone. She loves to draw and tell stories – and she will always sacrifice her own needs for the needs of others. We kind of worry about this trait, honestly. She has zero competitive spirit, and will always let others win or go before her. She is very generous, and has a super soft heart. She is a dreamy kind of girl.
Ginger (5) is our one with the iron will – you cannot move her to change her opinion about anything unless she decides. That makes homeschooling her rather tricky because she will only learn something on her own, in her time, when she’s ready and with zero help. Even so, she is about five grade levels ahead in most subjects, so…Phew!
Violet (3) is the bossiest most commanding leader of all the girls. She has no problems telling us all what’s what. She is fearless, confident, and resilient. She has NO problem bouncing back from any setback, and will tell everyone in her most authoritative voice how it’s going to be. She even bosses Paprika around! She is also the most fun, energetic person I happen to know. She is always up for adventure…no matter what!
I wonder how these traits will change as the girls get older – and what the new baby’s personality will be! It’s amazing to me how different they all are – and how their personalities work together like a little puzzle. I love it.
So, that was our day at The Wilderness Park. I think that’s my last outing until after delivery. It was just crazy exhausting and I am paying for it in pain and contractions. Urgh. I love the view at the wilderness park, but I love the comfort of my bed even more. Haha.