Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Vacation is Hard Work

Vacation week is a busy time for Mommys. I have been trying hard to find fun, inexpensive things for A to do. Many of her friends are away, mostly in Florida, and I wanted her to feel good about her winter break activities too. Plus get some alone-time with Mommy.
Thursday I organized a get together at the children's museum with some of her class-mates, then Friday was an off-day because of Shabbos prep. Monday she had a playdate and we went to the library, Tuesday we checked out the Museum of Natural History and today we took the subway into Brooklyn. Guess who is not getting anything done because she is spending all her time entertaining a 5 year old? That would be me!
 A had gone on a schooltrip to a place called Kid's N Action in May and had been begging to go back ever since.We had considered it a few times but shlepping all the kids into Brooklyn just did not seem so appealing. Can you guess that we do not have a car?
This morning A finally got her wish. It took about an hour and 2 subways which was not too bad. The place was cute but honestly nothing super special. A, however, was very excited to be there. The only thing that would have made it more fun would have been a plamate or a sibling. These playspaces, rides and slides are always more entertaining when you are doing them with someone. We had lunch there as well (pizza and french fries) and got back to Manhattan just in time to pick M up from after-care at his preschool.
This trip was the highlight of A's week but she knows that tomorrow morning we are staying home and laying low, cooking for Shabbos and doing laundry! And getting ready to starting class tomorrow afternoon. I will be taking Developmental Psychology on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. I am happy to be starting off with a course that I hope to be interesting and relatively easy.  Beyond my doula and childbirth education training, I have not been in a formal school setting for a long time, about six or seven years. Hopefully I do not have complete Mommy brain.
In other news, we went to the pediatrician and the baby weighed in at 12lbs 3.8 oz. Growing nicely. He already has a double chin. AY was kind enough to scream throughout the entire appointment to give the doctor a sense of what goes on. He said it was totally normal (although annoying)  infant behavior and will probably stop by three months. He has actually been better this week aside from all the screaming he did at the doctors. Light at the end of the tunnel?
Are your kids off this week? What have you been up to?

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