When Lauren was 18 months old my family moved to South Florida. Just so we're clear here, she is NOT a native Floridian. (thank goodness) My baby is a Jersey Girl by birth.
I was a paramedic while she was young, until she was about 9 years old I guess. My mom watched her while I was on shift so I never had to deal with daycare or babysitters. I finally did give it up though due to some medical reasons. But while I was working in the field, the hours afforded us some great quality time together. I worked 24 on/48 off with a kelly day. So in essence I only worked 2 or 3 days a week.
We never went thru the terrible two's. She was incredibly flexible and very laid back. We did everything together. If my sister or friends and I wanted to do something, we took her with us. She went to concerts, movies, parties, everywhere.
I'm not saying I was careless and strapped her to the bar next to me, but we got innovative. On Friday nights, a great Irish bar in downtown Ft. Lauderdale had "family" night. But then again, aren't all bars in Ireland "family" bars anyway?? They were a bar with a restaurant. We'd go in for dinner and then the Irish band would come on and sing these great Irish songs. After awhile they saw Lauren singing along to the songs and before we knew it she was a guest singer on stage for certain songs. She was around 5 at the time and it was so cute! Dont worry, I had her home in bed by 10pm.
Now the perfect child wasnt always perfect. She had a few flaws lol. I dont know if its a flaw, but I had a kid who didnt know how to lose. She was and still is, the most competative kid I've ever met. She hates to lose. I decided to put her in team sports to "teach" her how to lose. She played soccer and softball for most of her childhood. Progressed from town leagues to travel leagues. Good times for sure. I'm not sure she learned how to lose, but I'm sure it kept her from getting in trouble when she got older. She had NO time to get in trouble. lol. I also found something else out by putting her in sports...she was a ringer!! No matter what sport she played, she rocked it and was typically one of the better players. She is just a very athletic kid I guess.
1995 - Her very first soccer team...The Rugrats!!
After a day in the ocean. (not our dog!)
See!...she was meant to go in the Navy!
more, more, more 2morrow