I was playing hide and seek with Zander today – actually for the first time.Â He had this idea that he would hide and call out to me – â€œcome find meâ€.Â At first I was caught up in getting things done for work so that I could take the next week off without â€˜too manyâ€™ worries. I didnâ€™t want to stop to play with him, but reluctantly I did.
After a couple of half attempts to â€˜findâ€™ him and get back to my computer, he comes to me and says, â€œyour turn daddy! Go hide!â€.Â I realized that he has never played hide and seek and came by the game naturally.Â So I turned off the monitor, stopped being annoyed, and started to cherish the moments I had with him.Â I explained to him that he had to count to 10 and then come find me.Â He counted, then ran straight to me – I was â€˜hidingâ€™ down the hall.
So being â€˜itâ€™ I told him to go hide, while I counted to 10.Â I shouted out, â€œReady or Not, here I come!â€Â Then despite the fact that I knew he was hiding in the den, I walked around the house, jumping around corners shouting â€œGotcha!â€ then in a disappointed tone I would say, â€œNo, heâ€™s not hiding hereâ€.Â Each time I would hear Zander giggle in the den.Â Finally, I got to the den and he took off running.Â I chased him around the house, both of us laughing and sliding in our socks.Â He naturally ran to â€˜baseâ€™ where I had counted.
Then he started, â€œ1, 2, 3â€¦â€Â I started looking for a place to hide. â€œ4, 5, 6â€¦â€ I decided on hiding behind the kitchen island. â€œ7, 8, 9â€¦â€ My heart was racing, â€œ10! Ready or Not, Here I come!â€Â Zander copied my example to a tee – shouting â€œGotchaâ€ and â€œNope, youâ€™re not in hereâ€ as he want around the house.Â Then he jumped into the kitchen and the race was on!Â We had a lot of fun and Iâ€™m glad I took the time.
Well, Zander isnâ€™t the only child of mine shouting â€œReady or Not, Here I come!â€Â Today is the eve of the BIG day!Â Dianne is coming over around 6:30 am to watch Zander.Â Stephanie is packed.Â The appointment is at 8:00 am.Â Everything is set, everything is ready – wellâ€¦ not everything.Â Iâ€™m not.Â In less than 24 hours I will have a new child in the world, and a daughter at that!Â Alexis Carol Sackrider is almost here.
I look forward to many great moments with her like I had with Zander today, but I also dread the first time she falls down, the first time she is disappointed, the first time she is embarrassed.Â I donâ€™t even want to consider first boyfriends, first dates, first kisses.Â Ready or Notâ€¦Here she comes!