Events aren’t something new for me, I attend them all the time but they’re always more special when my little dude comes along. By the time he’s six he’ll be a professional socialite I’m sure. I was hesitant at first about mixing sticky little fingers with new season launch samples but I quickly got over it once I remembered he’s a well behaved little man.
Aidan’s crazy cute if I do say so myself, he’s packed full of enough charm to convince any PR girl to slip him an extra cupcake and knows what manners are used for. I know I don’t get that mushy about him on here anymore, I tend to keep it all to myself but with his fourth birthday coming up this weekend I’ve turned into a bit of a proud mess.
Staying home with Aidan, walking him to preschool, having a lazy lunch with friends at the park, spontaneous op shop trips and giggle filled afternoons in the sunshine with my boys is just part of why I deeply appreciate being able to work from home. When work does draw me out of the house he’s almost always with me, especially if it’s just a jaunt into the city for the day. It’s been that way since he was 18 months old so I guess he’s just used to it, it’s “Mumma’s Work”.
Obviously I consider the appropriateness of each event, taking into account logistics, activities, entertainment, food etc just as any mother would. As I’ve built up a relationship with quite a few PR companies over the years they all know Aidan, his temperament and always arrange something fun for him to do. The toilet training stage was a minefield in more ways than one but I’m happy to report we both got through that alive.
He’s a very social boy just like his Mumma, even at events without other children present he’s quite happy chatting away to grown ups. He always gets excited about invitations and lays out his clothes the night before just like I do. He’ll save his favourite shirt all week if he knows he’ll be going to the city. He’ll also repeat the PR girls name over and over, “We’re going to see Kate aren’t we Mumma! Kate has strawberries and a big puppy dog!” often recalling previous visits.
I know it’s not the events but simply being involved in what I do that makes him love it so much and that’s what makes my heart burst. Due to the nature of Steve’s work he can’t participate in it but with me he’s my little wing man. He’ll often ask for my phone and wander off and take a photo of something he thinks is cool, from his own perspective. He’ll taste things, try things and if he gets bored he grabs my phone again and plays games.
This was his first fashion event just for kids and he was beyond pumped. He wanted to wear his favourite colour (green) and even asked me to iron his shirt as it was “just a bit too wrinkly”. I was talking to a few of the other ladies when I saw Aidan out of the corner of my eye. He asked one of the PR girls if he could try on a “really tough and cool big boy jacket”, wandered over to the mirror and posed, turned and posed again. I quickly grabbed my camera and caught him doing just as his Mumma had done at events a million times before.
Most of the time it’s just Aidan and and I pottering around the house, writing, doing laundry or doing errands about town. Trips to the city are just the icing on the cake, something we’re both very grateful for. For me it’s a chance to talk face to face with people I usually only get to email, I get to learn more about products and services that are relevant to my readers and they’re a key place for networking. For Aidan though it’s all just a bit of fun but isn’t that what parties are all about?