AUTHOR: Marty, a.k.a. canape TITLE: The era of play DATE: 6/22/2010 10:51:00 PM ----- BODY:
I had lunch with one of my oldest friends today. She is going to make an amazing mama one day. For now though, she is still taking notes. Literally. Which is funny, because some of the things she reminded me I said after Christopher was born are things I have totally thrown out the window now.

Like the soothing. I needed the five S's in that baby book so badly with Christopher. What I figured out this time around was that I needed them because I tried to have him on a nap schedule and bedtime schedule by the time he was 3 months old.

Dude.

I can't even imagine doing that with Colin now, and he's almost 5 months.

It's not that I necessarily think I was wrong with Christopher. Okay, about the nap thing, I was - but it's just that I'm so much more laid back this time around. I know everyone says that, but I'm talking lovely prescription drug induced anxiety quelled laid back.

Yeah, Colin still sleeps with us. No, I don't think he's going to still be sleeping with us when he's 10. Or even when he's one. I fully expect him to transition to his own bed. At some point. I just don't particularly care when.

Granted, with Christopher, I went back to work. Part-time, but still work. I had to pass him off to the nanny every afternoon, and keeping a work schedule made me feel much more rigid about him having a schedule too. Plus, I'm naturally uptight. Just saying.

HOWEVER.

We've moved into a new era here at Chez Canape. It's the era of play.

Play, play, play, all day, day, day.

We are all about getting to the pool, hitting up Marbles, visiting with our friends, going to Music Together, playing at North Hills, and whatever else we can find to do.

My new goal is to have tired, tired boys at the end of the day. Of course, we've been a little derailed by some summertime colds and the discovery of Jack's Big Music Show on at 9:00 AM, but I fully expect to be back in the swing of things by Thursday when we are meeting some friends at Marbles.

When we play, we learn. When we play, we're happy. When we play, we are connecting with each other. When we play, we are celebrating childhood.

When we play, we aren't keeping a perfect house. We aren't having gourmet meals every night. We aren't blogging as much. We aren't sewing as much. We are neglecting the piano.

But everything in life is just a phase. The dust can be swept up tomorrow or even the next day. And I can get back to writing and sewing next month or next year. For this afternoon, we danced to Elizabeth Mitchell and then simply had scrambled eggs for dinner.

It was a good day.

Photo of Kara's kiddos joining Christopher in an impromptu jam session with Colin playing roadie in the back. Now THAT'S what I'm talking about. Rocking.

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----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Nita DATE:Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 11:40:00 PM EDT Can I move in to Chez Canape? :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Bubblewench DATE:Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 9:03:00 AM EDT I love playing! You're so right though.. celebrate the children! Nice post. (I'm over here taking notes from you too!) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Andrea DATE:Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 9:12:00 AM EDT I love Elizabeth Mitchell! And we are all about playing! We try to get out of the house most mornings and now that our pool is open, it's ON. ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous grandma sandy DATE:Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 5:01:00 PM EDT Play all day to wear them out is an excellent plan! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous toddlerplanet DATE:Wednesday, June 23, 2010 at 9:27:00 PM EDT This makes my heart sing! ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Rachel Ratliff DATE:Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 11:53:00 PM EDT We love Elizabeth Mitchell! I can sing all of her songs by memory :) ----- COMMENT: AUTHOR:Anonymous Armando Codina DATE:Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 4:46:00 AM EDT Wow, love your blog, thanx for the post, i must read your other post. ----- --------