I have been a stay at home mom since Alex was born. From September through December after his birth, I was with him almost nonstop. I would get a break here and there from Zach, who was still a student at the time, and my mom would come over to let me nap or shower during the day.
For many months, he pretty much just slept. He slept most of the day, and when he wasn’t sleeping I was either busy nursing him or trying to get him to go to sleep. There were small periods of time where I would “play” with him: shake rattles, show him books, take him on walks, etc. Then he got older.
He’s much more demanding in some ways now that he is quickly becoming a toddler. Looking back on the baby days, I almost miss them. He would lay on the ground, batting at toys, or sit in his chair looking around. He was fascinated by everything and anything would entertain him.
These days? We are beginning to bore each other. We play the same games every day: chase, tackle, roll balls, stack things, put things in and out of other things, point to body parts… mostly, he just wants me to watch him play. He doesn’t really want to interact with me so much. He knows what I can do, how I can entertain him, but most of the time that is not enough for him. He wants new.
So, instead of him making a mess because he’s bored at home, and me being bored because he won’t really play with me, I’ve decided that we are going to find more things to do.
There are so many opportunities for kids and their parents, but unfortunately most of them cost money. So my choices are limited, but I’m finding that they are not nonexistent. And once the weather is better our options will expand drastically by the simple fact that he can run around a playground.
Yesterday, Alex and I went to the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library. That place is absolutely wonderful! There is every toy you can imagine: slides, things to climb on, blocks upon blocks, balls and more balls, doll houses, large train sets, mini kitchens, and more. He loved it. He ran around playing with everything he could get his hands on. He even, dare I say it, interacted with me. And other kids! (If you asked Alex, every kid he was playing with was a “baby!”)
There are other activities that I have been meaning to try with Alex for a long time. Our local libraries offer story times for babies and toddlers, and as I recently learned on plurk our Children’s Museum has a lot to offer toddlers.
So, Alex and I are going to enjoy this time we have together before he eventually has to start daycare in six or seven months. We won’t be bored any longer. We will go on adventures.