4 Ways to Make Playtime More Fun (For Grownups!)

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It’s my one year anniversary with WordPress! To celebrate, I want to share some ways to make playtime fun for grown ups. Lately I’ve gotten into a rut with playtime. It seems we play with the same toys, read the same books, and do the same things over and over. He’s totally fine with it at almost 11 months old. But me at 28? I’m more than bored! So here are some things I’ve done to spice up playtime:

1) Busta (Nursery) Rhyme – Yup, you read that right! Try pumping up the jam with Jack and Jill. Instead of the boring cadence you usually use, try reading it extra quick and with extra vigor! Get silly, get Ludacris! Your little one will love your style and it’ll breath new life into those worn out rhymes. Also, jazz up those kids books with different accents.

2) Dance party – Turn up your favorite music. It’s never to early to introduce your tot to your tunes, but maybe skip the hard stuff. You can both enjoy it and get some exercise by grooving around the room. This is great for all ages. You can carry or wear your tiny tot while dancing or have your toddlers stand on your feet.

3) Get Dramatic – Whether your babe can talk or babble or just stare wide eyed, when you’re trying to entertain, do it to the max. Gather up those millions of stuffed animals and act out the latest episode of Downton Abby, teddy bear edition. Or whatever your favorite show is, they’ll love to see you so into it and you’ll get a kick out of reliving or adapting your latest tv show addiction.

4) Take Selfies – pretty ‘self’ explanatory. Have fun hamming it up, use some nifty filters, post online or text to your friends and family.

And of course, like everyone says, enjoy each moment no matter how boring it might seem at the time. It’s true that time flies, and soon enough you’ll be longing for a few more ‘boring’ seconds with your little baby.

 

 

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No Plan Birthing Plan

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You read that right. I’m opting for the no plan plan. Basically I don’t want to pigeon hole myself in to certain things I have to do. I’m leaving all my options open and deciding in the moment what I want to do in that delivery room. Crazy? I wouldn’t have it any other way!

For some women, I’m sure it works great to have every aspect of their impending delivery mapped out, down to a timed playlist. That’s never how I’ve been about anything, and this is no different.

Everyone asks me if I’m doing the epidural. The honest answer is that I don’t know. I’ve never done this sort of thing before. Based on everything I’ve read, seen, heard, I feel like I might be able to get through it without it. At the same time, I can’t predict how painful this is really going to be for me and an epidural might just be what I need. I hear great things about laboring in water. Here’s one area where I might want to write that down in stone if only to have the choice in the moment, except the hospital I’m going to only has a few rooms with nice big labor tubs and they’re first come, first serve. So I don’t want to assume I’m even going to have that option. I think I’d just want my husband in the room with me during the pivotal moment but perhaps I’ll need my mom in there too. I don’t want to officially ban people until I know how I’m handling things. The idea of music playing seems nice so I’ll bring my ipod. Don’t need to write that down on some form. 

I’ve always been a fly by the seat of my pants kinda gal, I figure that won’t change too much as I cross over into the mom role. I’m excited, nervous, eager, intrigued, and ready for this amazing experience. My no plan plan is just what I need to feel comfortable and at ease during what I can only imagine to be a roller coaster ride of emotions. Perhaps when I’m onto Jonesy number 2 I’ll have a better understanding of what to expect and what I do or don’t want. But for now, I’m enjoying and embracing the unknown.