Toddler Fun in Sacramento

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!

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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

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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!

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A Day in the Life of my Madame President

Oh what it would be like to be two and a half years old. Probably pretty awesome. Ella Mae has a wonderful in-home daycare called Little Sparrow she goes to all day on Mondays and Tuesdays. It’s the best place in the world. “Nanny” is a true angel and is the most nurturing caregiver I could ever ask for. We are talking darling crafts, huge backyard, and super fun activities. Madame talks about her friends there all the time. It’s lovely.

On Wednesdays and Thursdays E hangs with her “Gamma” (Ryan’s mom). Loves it. Renee does so much with her and I’m so appreciative. The park, bounce places, The Children’s Museum, it’s great.

And on Friday Madame’s precious Nonno comes over (my dad). Her favorite. They are so funny together, like peas and carrots (except she won’t eat either of these). So maybe like chocolate and vanilla ice cream. They just play all day. Pony rides, park, gymnastics. It’s wonderful.

So I’m exhausted all the time now. Blah. Super mommy guilt. Its bad and I struggle with the fact it’s going to get worse when chemotherapy starts. But I am so grateful for all these wonderful people to step in and take care of my little handful of a mini-me when I am unable.

So I get my baby on Saturdays. But it’s hard because I can’t drive anymore. So my friend Bridget takes us in tow with her 2 year old Ava and we have a fun play date. The girls are fancy princesses together. Last week was pony rides and Tiny Tots in Land Park, and then a fun lunch with ice cream at Burr’s in East Sac. So lucky. The little girls were obviously very pleased.

Sundays we go to my parents. For swimming and a yummy parental supper. Madame is ecstatic about swimming in their pool. Me not so much, but I’ll go in. And that’s what Nonno is for.

Let’s see. We have been blessed with a good nighttime sleeper (mind you the child stopped taking daytime naps at 18 months old and will not sleep in stroller or carseat) so our bedtime is between 7:45 and 8:30 p.m. Bath is at 7 sharp. Every night. Very strict mommy. I am still able to bathe her and rock her before bed so I cherish this ritual very much.

So, I know Ella Mae Maxine has a good life. She’s social like me and a very passionate toddler. Surprise.

I would to hear about other toddler days/routines, comment if you’re up to it! I’m very interested in learning about other activities that are fun and engaging for kiddos around two/three years old so please share!

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