Sunday morning got off to a slow start. We left the house too late to travel very far, so wound up staying right here in town, exploring the Stavros Reservation. It’s such a short walk compared to our typical hikes, so I left the mei tai in the car. Shane hiked along with us, on his own short little legs. It was quite an eventful hike, for this little guy.
He held his Daddy’s hand for a short while, before exclaiming “ME!”
and pulling away to run up ahead (translation: I wanna do it myself!)
It took us longer than typical to travel such a short distance,
but we were carefully observing each and every footstep,
and marveling over the crunch of leaves underfoot.
Shane and Daddy played a chasing game, complete with shrieks
of laughter, around and around the tower at the top of the hill.
He’s grown so fast…
It wasn’t all that long ago that he spent countless
hikes snuggled safe against my back in our mei tai.
Sometimes he’d nurse….
…sometimes he’d nap.
How is it possible that this baby boy is now big enough to hike on his own?
I’m looking forward to countless more hikes as a family,
but have to admit that my heart breaks a little,
as I realize that the days of wearing him on our adventures are numbered.