It wasn’t so long ago that we were bundling up in hats, coats, mittens and boots to go outside, even just to play out in the back yard. When I would say we were going for a walk, Owen would rattle off the things we’d have to put on. “Hat? Mittens? Boots?”. I didn’t realize what a routine we had set up until Monday, when it was randomly over 80 degrees out.
I told Owen we were going to take a walk with Schnitzel and he started the usual string of questions. Excitedly I answered, “No! We don’t need a coat today! It’s so WARM out, buddy.”. But instead of sharing my enthusiasm, his face erupted with tears and he whimpered, “Mittens! Mittens!”. I was so confused, until I realized that he didn’t even really know what “warm out” meant. All he knew was that things were different and he didn’t like it. I tried to explain how fun summer weather was because we didn’t have to wear lots of layers. When he continued crying I gave him the option to wear his coat and mittens anyway. I figured he’d understand what I meant as soon as we got outside.
As we were out, I realized it wasn’t just not wearing a coat that was different. I need to pack a whole new bag of tricks to keep us all comfortable and happy in hot weather.
What we used to have in the stroller/diaper bag for an “outside outing” in the winter:
- Mittens for Owen/gloves for me
- Rain/wind cover for stroller
- Chapstick/hand lotion for me
- Extra coat, snowpants or layers for Owen, depending on the activity
- Tissues for snot wiping
What I need to get organized as the summer weather approaches:
- Hat for Owen
- Bubbles and balls and other outside toys (and some to share with the friends we meet at the park/playground, etc.)
- WATER for both of us
- Water bowl for the dog
- Extra pair of shorts/bathing suit for Owen
The weather is back to 60’s today, so apparently I have a little time to get used to the changing seasons (phew!). I would have been a little disappointed if we skipped spring altogether and went straight to mid-summer heat.
What do you pack in your “summer” bag?