From Jake’s infancy I have loved putting my kids in slings, wraps, or strollers and walking to the park, the library, the store, or anywhere else within reasonable distance. I love stopping by parks when we are out and about or going on as many summer picnics as we can squeeze in. I love the sunshine, the fresh air, and the exercise. I never realized how much I took that sun-loving lifestyle for granted.
All that had to change this summer. Emma couldn't even handle indoor light till after her fourth surgery. Playing at parks and going on walks was completely out of the question all summer long.
I will always remember Emma’s first time to play on a park swing. She was 10 months old. It was 8 o’clock at night and the sun was setting and not too bright. We slipped Emma into a swing, Grace helped push her, and she laughed and laughed and laughed. And we treasured the opportunity to have our baby play outside.The last few weeks when the sun hasn't been too bright I have slipped out to the back yard to push Emma on our baby swing and push Grace on another swing. It is one of life’s simple joys that I might not have appreciated quite so much before. But now that simple little experience is a little bit of heaven.