My husband and I are really enjoying our son, now that he is a toddler with a predictable sleep schedule. We know that he will sleep from 7:30pm to 7am and that he will nap somewhere around 1-3pm every afternoon. Along with the predictable sleep schedule, we've enjoyed exploring his ever expanding world.
And that list of activities is oh-so-important to my husband and myself. Before we had our son, we weren't much in the way of couch potatoes. We loved getting out and exploring, which we did alot as we moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego within the span of five years. During that time, we ate, hiked, ran, and shopped our way through all three cities.
The first year of parenthood was a HUGE adjustment for us as we were sleep deprived and there wasn't much we could do from our old life, now that we had an infant. We went out for an occasional meal here and there and I went on lots of walks and hikes with my son, both in the baby carrier and in the jogging stroller.
But now we have a two and a half year old and we have a good list of activities that my husband and I rotate through to keep things fun and active when it comes to hanging out with our son. On the weekends, we try to spend as much time together as a family, but sometimes we need to divide and conquer. After all, life goes on. Groceries need to be purchases, errands need to be run, meals need to be cooked, and houses need to be cleaned.
Here are activities we like, which we try to do regularly, weekday or weekend:
- Any of the many playgrounds around us
- Public library
- Bike riding
- Science Museum
- Children's Museum
- Monkey Business (a large indoor gym with apparatus to climb in/on/around, slides, and a jumping tent)
- My Gym (organized activities, classes are offered by age)