Our son is a people watcher. This was illustrated fantastically at church on Sunday.
As is now my common practice, I went right to the back of the church, behind all the pews – this enables me to rock Reuben in his buggy if he’s sleeping and pick him up and walk him around if he’s awake. This particular Sunday, Reuben was rather sprightly and wanted to come out to play. So, I picked him up and held him with his eyes forward, so he could see everyone and everything that was going on. Now, Our Boy is currently over twelve pounds in weight so no matter how much I love him, it’s still quite hard to hold him like that indefinitely without getting arm ache. So I pulled up a chair to sit down. I put the chair behind the last row of pews in the church and as soon as I sat down, Reuben wailed. In standing up again, the crying subsided. The solution was to place the chair in the middle of the church, looking down the aisle – sitting behind the pews meant Reuben couldn’t see anything that was happening at the front of church, but with the whole building in view he was happy again! Phew! We have found that Reuben is very easily distracted if he’s taken out with us to visit people – he’s much more interested in what’s going on around him than even punching elephants on his activity mat; though sometimes everything just gets too much..!