Eight months is a very serious age.
Ok, not that serious.
I initially felt a little bit at a loss when we got back from our Outer Banks vacation in July. Having family around to play with Abby all the time sort of threw me off. I realized that Abby and I were both ready for a routine. We've slowly been developing one over the last two months, and I'm feeling pretty good about it, now. Of course, it will probably change any day now, as Abby continues to change.
The main thing, for my sanity, is to make sure we have activities planned for everyday, and to make sure we get out almost everyday. Being a stay-at-home mom in a world where most people aren't is very lucky, but can also be very lonely. Getting out and about helps! We try to go to Diaper Gang, a baby story time with rhymes and songs, at the Harford County Library every week. It's fun. Abby seems to love it, and I get to talk to other mommies. I've also joined a great online community, Chesapeake Mommies, that has a lot of useful forums and a fairly active activities calendar. We go to as many play dates and activities as we can.
Grocery shopping and lunch with Daddy on Thursday (usually). La Leche League Breastfeeding Cafe at Wegmans second Monday of every month. Free coffee with purchase of bulk beans at Coffee Coffee on Monday. Not that I buy coffee beans every Monday, but you get the idea.
We've started going for a walk everyday, even if it's just to get the mail. When it's hot, like it's been the last few days, we just go up to our mailbox and back (we have a very long driveway). If it's nice, we'll do the whole street.
When the temperature hits the mid-80s, it means it's time for the baby pool! It's a little easier to manage than taking her in the regular pool, and, in any case, we've been losing an algae battle for the past few weeks. I fill the pool up in the morning during her nap, so the water has a chance to warm up, and make sure I set it in a place where there will be shade later in the day.
I had forgotten about her swing for a couple of weeks, but we've rediscovered it, and she loves it!
We also spend a lot of time in her Exersaucer and playing with her stacking rings.
I know the jig is about up, though, as she thinks about trying to move. Which, she's not totally into just yet, but I know it's coming. Mamas, any advice for entertainment once she gets going?
Any day now.