There are a lot of problems inherent with having really young kids. Well, not problems – inconveniences and irritations are perhaps more appropos. One such issue that always rears its ugly head this time of year, when the pumpkin farms, etc are in full swing is this: my kid is pretty much still too damn young to enjoy them!
My sister and I were discussing this yesterday, because I really want to take the Littlest Brewster to a corn maze/pumpkin patch/farm this weekend. There’s one that’s super close to our house, but it doesn’t really have a lot of things for kids her age to do. There’s one that has more things for kids her age, but it’s like a 40 minute drive across town. Do we go to the closer/cheaper one and get frustrated because she can’t do any of the stuff? Do we drive to the farther/more expensive one so she can get a bit more enjoyment out of it? Do we just say “Forget it” and wait until next year when she’ll be able to do more? I have a feeling that we’ll drive to the far away one, just because I want to take her to one this year so badly.
It’s even harder for Jessie. The twins aren’t really walking independently yet, so it’s not like you can turn them loose on the edge of the pumpkin patch. How much will they get out of an excursion from inside an Ergo?
Seriously, I anticipated a lot of frustrations as a parent but I didn’t realize how frustrating it would be to see all these awesome things that are just too advanced for the Littlest Brewster. Everyone told me how much fun it is to do holidays and hayrides and museums and whatnot with your children. No one told me that none of that fun will really happen for a few years.
Halloween elicits “Oh my god! Why are you putting me in this really scary costume?!?!?”
Christmas turns into “That’s a really scary man in a red suit and why are there boxes with paper on them in the living room?”
I’m not wishing the time away. Truly, I’m not. The Littlest Brewster is at a fun age and I want to treasure it.
But I can’t wait until she’s old enough to get the concept of and really enjoy some of the awesome things they have for kids to do these days and this time of year.