Months ago our neighbor Monique, mom to 18-month-old Gabriel, suggested I bring the boys to the moms & babies drop-in at Niagara Street Public school, a mere few steps from our front door. I said yeah, that sounds great, and promptly forgot about it. But Monique is a persistent gal, and over the past couple of weeks I've toted Carter and Nathaniel to the refurbished classroom to listen to organizer Shelley sing songs and tell stories, and to get to know some of the neighborhood tots.
We try to make it for 11am, when it's Song and Story time. Yesterday each little one was celebrated with a song, even the babies, based on their age. It's a lot of fun. And at the end everyone gets a homemade star to hold while we sing "Twinke, Twinkle Little Star."
Then it's pretty much a free-for-all, with a large mat in the corner for the littlest of the crew to wiggle away on and toddlers running around like a pack of wild hyenas (but very cute ones). A little girl named Coco has a particular fondness for my guys, she always comes to visit them and even gave Carter a kiss as he was falling asleep.
For me, it's great to meet other moms. I've spent most of the boys' life inside, and now that the weather is good it's nice to get out and socialize. Unfortunately the drop-in only operates when school's on, so the last day for this year is June 24. But September is only a couple of months after that, and the boys will be crawling around and holding their own against the Army of the Terrible Twos... I can't wait!