A few wonderful bloggers set up a series called “Build ‘Em Up” and I’ve really enjoyed reading their posts. I decided to join in this week and post about “The Joy of Playing With Your Kids.”
This is definitely a learning process to me, but like most things with little ones, things change pretty often.
So when we decided I would stay at home with Knox & Sloane I immediately imagined playdates, making cookies, coloring and all kinds of fun projects. What I didn’t think about is all the days leading up to that.
I also didn’t really think about all the months they wouldn’t be mobile at all. I spent a lot time on my belly, while they were on their bellies; I spent my days carrying them from one place to the next and squeezing tons of things into my days since they were still taking two naps.
Those were the days when I got things done.
Then, my piece of cake routine turned into smash caked. Playdates turned into chasing babies.
My days turned into their days.
We quickly determined that the play area would have to be in a selected area of the house. With one person and two babies, you simply can’t chase them as they crawl, and now run, different directions.
People occasionally said how wonderful it would be for them to always have a playmate. I’m finally seeing more consistency in that and I love it! A built-in playmate is wonderful. I think first they really wanted to figure out playing with things on their own and then figure out playing with each other.
Now, our days are spent in the small living area which connects to the kitchen. Thankfully, I can tend to their meals and ours, but everything else pretty much waits until naptime, and let me tell you, some days they don’t nap long and I don’t get anything done. I’m okay with that. Brent is okay with that. Knox & Sloane are okay with that. I’m happy to apologize to guests if they walk into a less than perfect house, but these days I know that’s exactly what they expect.
Most days we spend our time right by one another, the three of us. Sometimes I interact and sometimes I sit back and watch. I think it’s so special to see them play alone and learn things and, of course, so sweet to see them play together. Sometimes I probably butt in, but sometimes they say, “mama, mama, book!” I can usually tell if they are wanting me to join. They are really into building and stacking right now. They love things that play music and they love to dance. We have many dance parties. During lunch, I will play YouTube videos about numbers, colors and letters. They love them. They also adore Barney shows.
I also try to remember as we play, I need to teach.
I find so much joy in watching and interacting.
Yes, I do get frustrated if they are pulling on my legs and screaming when I’m trying to make their lunch or whining because one wants a toy the other has. Yes, I totally think we have cabin fever from being inside all winter. However, seeing them giggling and play chase with one another blows our irritable moments out of the water.
Of course occasionally I flee for my camera to catch a cute pic when they are playing together. How could I not? I know my mind will remember these precious moments, but thank goodness for technology to allow me to look back on it.
They are about to start Mother’s Day Out. I’ve come to find it impossible to run just a quick errand or sometimes I don’t get any errands run all week and let me tell you, places just aren’t open on the weekends and evenings like they are in the week. I think it will be good for them to have some interaction with other kids and I know it will be good for me to have consistent time periods to get things done in and outside the house.
We are looking forward to warm weather so we can play outside! We are looking forward to lots of fun things in the future, but right now, we are finding joy in playtime at this age.
I love catching kissy moments, too 😉