About 2 weeks ago, Jack came back home to live with us. Grandmommy Mann had double knee replacement surgery (I KNOW RIGHT?!) on Monday and so they didn’t need that burden anymore. He is back to the land of staying in a crate 8 hours a day and sharing attention with a toddler. He is not pleased but I knew I needed to step it up too. We have been having pretty mild days lately so I have made it a goal to get home and take him for a walk. Many days this week it has just been me getting home early so I pack up my boys and we head out for a stroll. It is AWESOME. It has become routine in such a short time now. I get out of the car and Landon is yelling “Jack Jack c’mon. We go on a walk!”. Then he is following me “where is my stroller mommy?”. He happily climbs in with either some trains or cars and off we go.
Now to toot my own horn a little, I am very proud of the fact that my dog is a rockstar on walks. I worked really hard when he was a puppy to get him walking on a leash properly. He always stays beside us, doesn’t mix it up with other dogs we pass (most of the time), and stops when we need to stop. We are about walking, not sniffing and pissing on everything. He is so great that I have never worried with pushing a stroller and taking him along. He hangs out right by Landon and happily goes along. So much so that I can hook him to the stroller and walk away to take a picture (see above). He is an amazeballs doggy and I just love him.
But really why I love this little walk is how it helps complete me as a working mother. I get time to chat with Landon, work out, exercise the dog and just enjoy the nice evenings. It’s 20-30 minutes of pure bonding and I love it. He tells me what they did at school. He counts cars and dogs. He tell me the colors of the trees. He talks to the birds. He comments on that tree where we saw a cat one day “nope. No cat today”. I just makes my heart burst. There is no tantrum. There is no whining. Just conversations with a VERY talkative toddler and a stroll with my dog. Seeing him enjoying nature and being with his dog dog is just spectacular. These are the parenting moments you live for :).