Much of my time since Ella Mae has arrived has been spent figuring out what to do with this energetic child who gets bored very easily. She has been this way since birth. First, it was swing, Bjorn, Maya Wrap, Baby Einstein play mat, bouncer. This was until about month 3. Month 3 we removed the bouncer as Ella Mae was too big and got to add in the Baby Einstein Exersaucer and Bumbo (lifesavers). This kid needs to see what’s going on!
But really, her favorite was the Bjorn (she would probably still try to get in at this age) and the swing (she slept in it until month 4 as she was a fussy little thing). Even my dad carried her around in the Bjorn.
My sister is now the happy recipient of all these wonderful baby inventions as she just had a baby herself.
So yes, this does appear to be toy overload for such a little baby. We called them “stations”. Our friends called our living room a baby parking lot.
So here we are, Ella Mae is now 2 years, 8 months, and she is still the adorable, (very) spirited (like mom), drama-queen she has always been.
So what do we do for fun now that we have a walking, talking, opinionated toddler? Lots of stuff! Luckily I have a wonderful childcare provider that Ella Mae loves and goes to on Mondays and Tuesdays and she just does fun, inspiring activities with her kids. We’re talking crafts, huge backyard, trips to the zoo and train museum. Carin is just wonderful and has been a huge support for us. Ella is with Grandma on Wednesdays and Thursdays and she enjoys those days very much. My dad (Nonno) helps on Fridays and takes Ella Mae to gymnastics which has been so good for her as it is teaching her to take turns and follow directions.
So here’s what we do with Madame if our backyard/front yard isn’t cutting it on the weekends:
1. Ride the ponies in Land Park by Funderland
2. The zoo
3. Tiny Tots park in Land Park
4. Art Beast
5. Southside Park
6. Fairytale town
7. Go play at someone else’s house (new toys and mommy gossip time)!
8. The park by Naked Coffee House on 15th and then gelato at Hot Italian (personal fav).
9. Walk with the wagon around Old Sac to look at the horses and carriages (minor horse obsession).
10. Funtastic in Elk Grove (the Natomas location closed much to my dismay).
11. The Children’s Museum (off Zinfandel) – does get crowded so go either early or late.
Bike rides were a huge part of our weekend/weeknights until I got sick again, so that’s been a hard adjustment. Very, very sad face. The three of us enjoyed them very much as we would bike past the river and go through downtown and just enjoy being outside. The trains we would sometimes see would be an added bonus for the littles.
Sacramento has been great as far as having fun, age-appropriate activities for the tots. We have a lot of fun and it’s so funny because Ella Mae and I are just so similar because we just love our outings and need to keep busy. Hmmmmm.
Thanks for reading, happy Monday!