Ditto...I think by 14 days overdue, I would have killed someone to get my baby out of me!! I loved loved loved being pregnant and had a very straighforward easy pregancy, but I was ready to be done at the end. And Brooklyn was born 10 days early! I think I would have lost my mind if she had been late, and 14 days at that! I'm against induction when it doesn't make sense, but probably would be begging for it being that overdue lol!!
Lots of great ideas - thanks! Very helpful.When I was on mat leave, we did tons - music classes, swimming, mom/baby yoga, baby signing class, playdates/moms groups (can you tell i had anxiety and didn't like being home alone all day with a baby?!! lol)
Now that I'm working and she's in daycare, its been all about the playground/splash pads/wading pools this summer.
For fall, we are taking swimming lessons starting in November. Kevin and Brooklyn have a standing date on saturday mornings to go to the drop in. We will also probably go apple picking, visit a pumpkin patch and maybe Riverdale farm at some point. With only weekends to do stuff, combine that with a 2-3 hour nap each day, plus grocery shopping and family get togethers etc...it doesn't leave us a ton of time for activities!
We don't do that much, but L has enjoyed swimming, and now loves the park/playground. There is a program called "Music Together" that is offered close to us so I'd like to sign up for that in the winter, I think swimming, park, and music are the tops for most babies/toddlers. I'd have liked to do a baby sign language class too if I had been home in the first year but L has a lot of words so I haven't regretted not taking one too much. The other big one is books for babies at libraries, I've never made it because it always seems to conflict with naps but I'm going to try now that we're really close to a library and now that L is older and more interested in books. We go to the mall on rainy weekends too, before I had a baby I didn't get why there are always so many families at malls on weekends but now I totally get it.Onto a new topic.....
The new fall swim schedules started yesterday in newmarket. We are going swimming at 5pm. Haven't gone swimming since early August. We went tons this summer. Can't wait!
What stuff do you like to do with your babies/toddlers on the regular?? Would love some more ideas.
I find things so much easier now, L is happy if we're out all the time so I've invested in outdoor gear for both of us so we can go out in any weather and get some fresh air, I take him to the playground before I leave for school and if he's not too tired in the evening we go then too. He's loved the playground as soon as he could walk and he loves seeing other kids playing, and working on skills like stair climbing while we're there (because at home there is very little stair climbing!). We put a sandbox in our back deck area and a mini slide and that keeps him fairly happy when we're not out, our place isn't big enough for a backyard climber but if it was I'd get one.
Oh and as L gets older I just try to include him in my daily activities, like dishes, laundry, cooking, he loves to see what's going on. I got a step stool from ikea and he stands on that beside me while I work in the kitchen. I'd like to get him a mini dust-pan, he will "clean" the floor with a sponge, he has a play stove he likes to put things in, just simple things.
agreed! i try to minimize VEs but they give me a lot of useful information. penelope - are you a nurse at mt. sinai? i'm now doing deliveries there. maybe we have met?And what exactly are you basing your statement that vaginal exams are useless on?
Have you ever done a vaginal exam?
There is actually a lot of information to be had that both OB's and midwives find quite useful.
yup! i have a bunch of planned hospital births coming up so i'm sure we'll cross paths if we haven't already.@girlnextdoor - yes, I am an RN at Sinai. So it's possible we have met. I'm usually team leading on the weekends, on nights. Although, I've been off on bereavement leave for the past few weeks. You must be working with the collective?