Watching him walk to the park pushing the stroller was the absolute cutest! He was so careful to walk right up next to the curb to keep his baby safe. He even wanted to walk up in the grass but realized how hard it was to push the stroller through the grass. Maybe now he'll understand what I mean when I explain that I slow down in the grass because it is harder to push the stroller. When we got to a curb he very carefully lifted the front wheels up and onto the sidewalk and then the back wheels, just like he sees me do! Sometimes I need those reminders that he is always, always, always watching and listening to what we say and do will pick things up, good or bad, without us even meaning for him to!
When we got to the park he informed me his baby had a dirty diaper and got to work changing it as I laid out a blanket and put Elise down to play on it. He was so sweet and gentle changing his baby's diaper and putting her in clean clothes because "she got poop on yem." Then he laid his baby down next to Elise and took off to play, only to return moments later to take his baby to play with him. My heart melted as he sat in the wood chips with his baby in his lap, handing her wood chips and pretend playing with her. Then I watched as he carried her up the ladder and was very upset he accidentally dropped her. After he dropped her the rough and tumble came out as he put her down the slide and then went down behind her, knocking her off the end. Although he did stop to wipe the wood chips off her bottom.
Once he'd played with her on the playground for a while he brought her back over and said he wanted our babies to play. I had the doll play peek-a-boo which he loved! When our timer went off saying it was time to go, Carter rushed over and very gently put his baby in her stroller, taking off down the sidewalk. It was such a fun, little morning outing and I was so proud of how sweet Carter was with his baby. I could tell he was proud and felt like such a big boy too. Every person or car that passed, he stopped and waved with a huge smile on his face! He is such a sweet brother and he will make a great daddy some day.