Daddy's Pride / Playing

  • Bouncy House

    This past weekend we were planning to hit the beach or go to the museum. We figured if the weather was nice we will take full advantage it, and be outdoors. And if the weather was a little cold, we will introduce our son to an art museum. Well, of course neither happened. :) Our son had plans of his own. He wanted to go to a place that has huge bouncy houses so he can test his vertical. He wanted go through inflatable obstacle courses that challenges his military-spartan-ninja skills. Last, he wanted to go down a slide that allows him to break the sound barrier. So, we took him, and honestly we "all" had a great time. It was awesome seeing our son go completely nuts with all the other children. They were running, jumping, falling, sliding, rolling, and tumbling. And most importantly they were all smiling and laughing.......except for those children that got kicked in the face, pushed back down a ladder, or trampled on. :) So, we will probably do this again, and maybe my wife and I will be less overprotective, and perhaps be as cool as the other parents who felt confident enough to not watch their child every minute. :)

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  • Shop and Seek

    Now that my son really understands how to play hide and seek, going shopping has become much more enjoyable. Look at him hiding in the women's section. Wait...I think he might have been distracted. Isn't he adorable!

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  • Little Snow Plower

    This past weekend we had some snow which required us to take out the shovel and do some hard labor. Before we went outside, my wife and I decided that our son should play in the snow while we clean up the drive way. We bundled him up, and told him to go play outside. Once we started plowing the snow, our son decided that he rather help us instead of playing in the snow. So, we had to teach him how to get rid of the snow. His enthusiasm to helping us was great. Our little snow plower is already adapted to New Hampshire winters.

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  • Blizzard Nemo

    Due to Blizzard Nemo, our plans are pretty simple this weekend. Just play in the snow, watch movies, and eat comfort food. For us this is the perfect way to spend our Saturday and Sunday. Also, ironically, this winter storm will get our 15 month old son to play outdoors, and not be stuck inside the house. When it snows, it always seems to be warmer. So, I expect the little eskimo to run around like a mad man in his winter gear, and hopefully, once he's done playing all he wants to do is eat and sleep.

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  • Merry-Go-Round

    This past weekend our little dare-devil got to ride on a carousel (merry-go-round) for the very first time. In the beginning he was very reluctant and did not want to ride the ceramic horse. Even though I securely strapped him into the saddle, and stood next to him, he simply looked nervous and wanted to get off the ride. I thought about taking him out, however by the time I finished thinking, I was too late. We started moving. So, I stood there, and my goal was now to make sure that my son does not fall off the horse, and pray that he does not cry. Ten seconds had past, and my son was now having the time of his life. His expression went from almost crying to smiling from ear to ear. Seeing our son so happy made our day. Who ever invented this ride was a genius.

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  • Peek-A-Boo!

    My son's favorite game is peek-a-boo. He loves hiding behind doors and under tables, then popping out with an enthusiastic "BOOO!". Here's his new hiding spot. He doesn't seem to realize that he's too big to fit into this tiny cubbard.

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  • Monkey in the Middle

    We started playing soccer in the kitchen. All three of us are enjoying it. The only problem is that our son wants to pick up the ball. Our game goes from playing soccer to monkey in the middle. The little guy enjoyed running back and forth trying to get the ball. When he was able to get the ball, he held it high over his head and threw it is hard as he could. For now, it is ok, since the ball doesn't go so high. But I think we should move our game out of the kitchen so he does not knock down some glasses in the process of hurling the soccer ball.

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  • Cycling

    I'm not much of a cyclist, but that can change. The combination of the number of people that ride where we live and imaging my son having fun riding on the back seat while I pedal might just make me go out and purchase a bike. I am absolutely looking forward to this.

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  • Escape Artist

    A long time ago when our son started crawling and walking, we redecorated our living room. We positioned our coach, ottoman, playpen, pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. in a circle. I wish our new arrangement has something to do with being artistic and creative, however that's not the case. Our little explorer keeps wandering towards fun stuff like the television set, stairs, and tables with sharp edges. This method of containing our son has been working to keep our son out of harms way. He has plenty of space to run around and play with his toys while we can do our own work, cook, clean, etc. However, like most things in life, it never lasts forever. Recently, our fearless son has decided he plans to be an escape artist. He tries to boulder the coach and ottoman, or squeeze through small spaces. He uses all his energy to tackle these obstacles. I find it fun to watch because I feel like I am watching a sporting event. I always want to see a record breaking or an underdog winning, but at the end I want to see a victor and their accomplishment. So I am rooting for my son to break free from the organic cage we created. I just need to make sure he does not fall while climbing or get stuck in small spaces.

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  • Balance

    Hanging out with my son is pretty awesome. I guess it's because he's not that complicated. I believe that all he really wants to do is have fun and perhaps learn something. So, everyday I try to make sure this happens. When I hang out with him, I make sure he gets to be a kid, and use his brain. Down in the basement I chase after him on all fours, and he does vice versa. Little does my son know it, he has been playing tag. It's a lot of fun. I love watching him laugh, crawl away, and search for me. When we are all tired out, I try to get him to just sit next to me, and relax. This is when I try to get him to look through children books. Hopefully, his brain is stimulated by seeing all the colors and illustrations, and hearing the stories. This is what I try to do, and perhaps he will learn to be a well balanced individual who knows when to play and learn.

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  • Love Sac

    The Love Sac ball is my son’s new favorite toy. This soft plush ball puts a smile on his face and entertains him. It was a free gift from a furniture store called the Love Sac. They produce oversized sac furniture that is extremely comfortable. It’s funny how my son loves to play with the free item when he has a toy store at home.

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  • Interactive

    My son laughs, giggles, and coos. I’m enjoying his reactions because I feel like we are communicating. I feel that I’m doing a good job as a dad by making him happy. Who knows what he’s really thinking. He might just very well be laughing at me and not with me, especially when I make weird sounds and unique facial expressions. Or maybe, he is laughing at an inside joke that his mommy shared with him. Whatever the reason, it’s such an amazing sight to see your child smiling back at you.

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  • Batcave

    We recently received our new breakfast table, and its shape made me start thinking about kids and their hiding places. Our new table has a unique design with legs that create a circular cave. I know for a fact that my future son will want to sit in that little space. If I was that small, I would want to sit there too! So, once he is able to start crawling or walking, I know where his favorite hiding spot will be.    

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