With the babies waking from afternoon naps between 2:00 and 3:00 pm, we now have quite a bit of wake time before bed. This time also coincides with “witching hour” (in other words, a time when the babies are particularly fussy and sometimes downright intolerable). We have learned in recent days that “witching hour” is reserved solely for home, however. Because the babies are enamored with novelty, they are chipper on field trips. Since babies that cannot yet walk, we are limited as to what they can manage. We have come up with a few creative outings for the wee ones.
Friday, we ventured to Cabela’s, which is only minutes from our home. I’m not much of an outdoorsy gal, but Cabela’s is FREE, indoors, and best of all air-conditioned. We spent well over an hour showing the babies the taxidermy zoo and aquarium. We then enjoyed noshing on some sweet potato fries. The babies especially loved this snack and three of them signed “more” repeatedly. While Sydney didn’t sign, she vocalized that she enjoyed her snack too. Sydney isn’t terribly interested in signing, but she babbles so much, I expect she may just say, “MORE” one day.
On Sunday, the babies enjoyed another field trip. This time, to Grandaddy’s house for a dip in the pool. He has an in ground pool so it was a true swim this time. Mason wasn’t keen on the crisp water, but was content to float in an inflatable boat or snuggle in my arms. The other babies happily splashed and kicked in their respectable rafts. After swimming, we changed them into dry diapers and pajamas in an assembly line then served up a delicious meal. Following dinner, the babies enjoyed some poolside entertainment as George’s cousin, Brandi, practiced diving. The babies gawked in amazement for well over 20 minutes allowing us time to clean up and load the van. They may have well enjoyed the show over Baby Einstein!
I’m hoping to pack in many more field trips this summer, especially when I have the help of our weekday babysitters. I’m thinking of visiting the aquarium, zoo, restaurants, and mall. Do you have any baby friendly field trip ideas? I’d love some suggestions, particularly inexpensive or free options.