Friday, January 02, 2009

Playtime

I've admitted here before, I have absolutely no clue what to do with a baby. Sure, I've figured out feeding, burping, swaddling, diapering, etc. My question is, what do you do in between? Do you just sit there and stare at each other? How many times can you try to convince him to stare at his mobile?

We did get into a little routine with reading stories, tummy time, and chilling in the happy place when he wasn't sleeping, eating, or crying. Since we were on a pretty regular three hour schedule, with napping taking up over an hour of that cycle, fortunately there wasn't a lot of that time to fill.

The past week or two though, he's been taking shorter and shorter naps. He also seems to not be hungry when the three hour mark rolls around, so we've had to reevaluate our schedule. We decided to try larger feedings at four to four and a half hour intervals. You know what that means?

That's right - larger chunks of time to fill between naps and feedings.

Luckily I'm still getting my weekly emails from BabyCenter. I noticed on the one for this week that there was a link to a page with a weekly activity. I clicked it and holy crap - am I ever thankful I did! There are a whole bunch of ideas for ways to play with your infant! I'm saved!

The first one we did was to play "Airplane" on my knees/shins:


He loved it! He was all smiles and drool. (That's an action shot right there) I had a nice little puddle on my belly when we were done. (kinda gross, actually) I'm guessing it's probably good exercise for me too, because I was tired afterwards. I finally had to pick him up and set him on my stomach.

He's looking at his dad here, like "what's with the camera already???"
We also tried one where you sit the baby back on the Boppy and then, holding both hands, slowly pull the baby into a sitting position, hold it for a bit (we chatted!) and then lower him back down to the pillow. I did it with him on my lap as we sat on the couch. He chatted and made little motorboat sounds the whole time. He's getting so big, and alert and aware of what's going on around him! My husband read him a book when we were done with the sitting up game and he was actually looking at the pages.
He is so flipping cool.


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9 Comments:

Blogger kingsqueen said...

Yes! Some of those activities are cleverly disguised exercises for moms! LOL
Try signing up for the Huggies newsletter. I think they always had activities for different stages also.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Susan... said...

ohmygosh - how big he is getting! what a cutie - and that drool shot - ADORABLE!

quick - I see a scrapbook page titled "iDROOL"....hahahah - yeah, I'm funn this early in the morning!

hope all else is well...looks like you're doing a great job!

8:10 AM  
Blogger Iris Flavia said...

What a sweet and alert little guy! :-)

8:21 AM  
Blogger Samara Link said...

And that's why the internet is awesome because just when you think you're weird or the only one in the world who has an issue, you read something like your newsletter that tells you this is totally normal and offers solutions. Very cool. Those pictures are fun. I was wondering how you took them while you had both hands on Sawyer, but then I read that his dad was doing the snapping. :) That third picture is so adorbale. He's a pretty cute kid.

8:36 AM  
Blogger mademoisellechitchat said...

Cute pics! His looks are starting to become more defined.

RE: lemon trees, you amaze me with your culinary skills and Martha Stewart/Eloise ways. ;)

8:51 AM  
Blogger Susanne P. said...

omg that second pic melts my heart. what a sweetie...drool and all. he just makes me wanna' squeeze him!

having those emails is so cool. what a big help to first time moms. good for you.

9:35 AM  
Blogger Miss Anne said...

he's growing so fast!

you guys are adorable.

little perfect family.

p.s. he's so precious!

2:48 AM  
Blogger EatCrayons said...

Gosh, he just so cuddly cute drool and all! :)

I love BabyCenter.

8:01 AM  
Blogger Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

I can't get over that FACE! Absolutely adorable.

6:55 PM  

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