As a stay-at-home mom, I have to admit, as much as I usually look forward to summer, I was apprehensive about this one. I’m sure it was because it would be my first summer home with two kiddos; a 6 year-old and a 4 month-old. It’s hard enough to juggle a baby alone, but add in the older sibling and I worried that I’d be overwhelmed and unable to get out the door to do fun activities with my son having a baby in tow. My son loves video games and his iPad and watching YouTube videos, and he’d probably do that all day if I’d let him. Confession: sometimes I do. But, I want us to get outside and enjoy the summer!! Even with baby sister.
One thing I figured we could make happen was the 45-minute tennis camp near our house. It starts at 8:15 a.m. and is close enough for us to walk (great way to get us up and moving and start the day with exercise)! I just put Jordan in the stroller and while James was having camp, she’d usually fall asleep for her morning nap. When we got home, she’d be just about ready to eat again. Perfect. I struggled with what to do after that though. Go to Target?? I’m only halfway kidding.
My friend Melissa’s daughter was in the tennis camp too. And she’s also got two more children, a 3-year old boy, and a baby just a few weeks younger than Jordan. Each day while we were rocking our babies in their strollers, waiting for our cutie tennis players, we’d talk about our plans for the day, well, her plans for the day since I didn’t have any. And her plans included (no joke) crafting at the public library . . . bowling . . . movies . . . splash pad . . . natural history museum . . . etc. I was absolutely amazed that she was doing so.much.stuff with three kids and I was sitting at home because I had two.
She warned me that she tries to do these activities with another mom so that there’s another set of helping hands and eyes on the kids, but her bravery to get out of the house seriously encouraged me. I told her I really wanted to enjoy this summer and get out and do some things (besides just going to the pool, although that’s fun too) and she gave me a huge list of things to do in Houston with kids that she said I could share here!
Honestly, if she can do it, so can we! There are days my Mom is available to help and she brings James’ two young cousins, so wouldn’t it be fun for all of us to do some fun things this summer?! We don’t have to do something everyday, but we don’t have to be prisoners at home just because we have a baby either. My Mom definitely has that “can do” spirit and she’s always up for whatever. #loveher!
Being spurred on by Melissa’s example, so far this summer we (me, Mom, James, baby Jordan, and two cousins) have: 1) gone to the splash pad and had a picnic; and 2) been to the kids dollar movies, then Chick-fil-A for lunch and to play in the play yard. It’s a start! The dollar movies was awesome because it’s easy to breastfeed in the dark there.
Last Friday, my Mom and I went through the list of activities below (thanks Melissa!) and picked several that we want to do this summer with the kids before school starts back. My son starts in early August! 🙁 Of course we have to choose things that are baby friendly and we’ll probably only do a few a week, and definitely only one thing per day, but we’re excited about these adventures and making memories with our family.