Sunblock and Sleeping

All those parents out there that take their kids swimming, how do you get sunblock on your back? Do you just try your best? I’m guessing that you don’t just ask a random stranger to put it on for you ;). This weekend I took Owen to the North Park Pool (we’ve been wanting to check it out for awhile now), and while we were getting ready it was very challenging to get my back. Luckily I must have done a good enough job because I didn’t get burnt.. After 3 hours of “swimming” Owen was tuckered out.

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These days keeping Owen on a schedule is tough. With daycare we only had to deal with bedtime and the weekends, but with me at home it’s all the time. Owen has this weird ritual that he has been going through. Taking him upstairs to get ready for a nap is always fun. He knows it’s coming and he doesn’t like it. After reading at least 3 books I put him in his crib and he says, “more books” – so I usually give in and read 2 more. After that he usually starts bouncing around, but I tell him it’s nap time give him a hug and kiss then walk out of his room. Now he is not happy and keeps bouncing and crying for a few minutes. Then it gets pretty funny. He takes all of his stuffed animals and throws them out of the crib. Then he proceeds to throw his pillows and blankets out.

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I think he really wants to climb out but he can’t seem to get it (this is a ok with me). He then gets comfortable with anything that he has left in his crib and usually after about a half an hour he closes his eyes. I’ve heard from other moms that around 2 1/2 their kids stopped taking naps, and that is right around the corner for him. For now I will keep enjoying the peace and quiet.

Parachute Play

Has anyone been lucky enough to be handed a booger from their kid? No? I have. This morning, while I was hiding out in the dinning room drinking my coffee, Owen ran in and gave me his booger. Fun times. I told him next time he can throw it away himself.

If you can remember back to elementary school days when the teacher pulled out a parachute, you knew it was going to be a fun day. I used to love parachute day a million years ago. I found out a few weeks ago that Owen enjoys it as well. We’ve been going to the Shaler North Hills Library for Parachute Play on Monday mornings. The class is just a half an hour long, but it gets him up and moving and holds his attention.

Another class at the library that we’ve enjoyed going to is the Mother Goose class. It’s not just story time. The kids get to sing along, dance, and learn about the letter of the day. Again it’s only half an hour, but if your a parent you understand that sometimes that is plenty of time for a toddler before he is walking out of the room.

The library is a great place to beat the heat this summer and I’m sure we’ll be using it in the fall as well.

Relaxing Pool Time with Toddlers ;)

Getting ready for some pool time with a toddler vs. when you had the chance to go to the pool w/o a kid. Who am I kidding? I pretty much never went to the pool unless I was on vacation before Owen. Now, since I’m not working and I’m at home with Owen, we have gotten a lot of use out of his inflatable pool. Here is how it goes getting ready with him…

I mention the word “pool”, and he proceeds to say the word “pool” a million times. He gets super excited, but then continues to play with a random toy for 10 minutes. I mention pool again, and he is now ready to get changed. I get him to step into the dreaded swimmer diaper and get his swimsuit on. Now comes the fun part – the sunblock. He now knows what it looks like and yells, “no block, no block”! Sorry kid, you need sunblock. Screaming ensues and sunblock gets smeared on pretty much everything before he runs away and hides. I try again until I think that I’ve got enough on. We are now ready to go outside. This is the point where I imagine a nice day at the beach with a drink in hand. Ha! This would probably be the point where kid-less me is packing a cooler and scoping out a lawn chair.

Back to Owen. He refuses to wear a hat as we head outside. Time to blow up the pool. Honestly I think this is my least favorite part. It always takes more time than I think it should. Owen hates the noise, but he won’t move away from it. Once the pool is inflated it’s time to fill it with water, but I’m still trying to find the right spot for the pool. Our yard is huge, but pretty much all of it is on a slope other than the driveway. Luckily the kids don’t seem to mind the slanted pool. Hose on and in the pool. Now Owen is shouting, “I do it!”. So I let him hold the hose for a little and then I somehow convince him to put it in the pool and let it fill up while we grab some toys.

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Ahhh, I flash back to my kid-less self in Vegas reading a magazine in peace and enjoying the sunshine.

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Back to reality, the toys are now in the pool and Owen wants in. Owen is in the pool splashing around and the cousins and/or friends arrive to play. Success! Until they all want to play with the same car. Ugh. At least I got a picture out of it.

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As much as I complain about it, I’m actually enjoying staying home with Owen this summer. We’ve done so much together so far and I look forward to more fun with friends and cousins.