The best thing about being a stay at home Mom is not staying at home. Lately, Parker and I have been busy venturing out with friends, playgroups, and “Play and Learn” classes. Parker had a blast hanging out with Ms Elise at the Mall last week. Aren’t they SO cute?
We tried Gymboree’s Gym Play and Learn for the first time this week, and it was awesome. They had a lady who was super silly and captured all the toddlers attention with goofy songs and a playful clown called “Gymbo”. Parker’s favorite thing was the Parachute circle time. Lots of silly songs, blowing bubbles, shaking the parachute, going under…and did I mention singing silly songs? Okay, normally I would think this kind of stuff is super lame…boy do things change when you become a parent! I became one of those Moms singing along with a smile from ear to ear. I know right? I should just go ahead and buy myself some “mom” jeans and turn in my “hip mama” card.
Groupon has become a friend of mine. Not only did I find an awesome groupon for the Gymboree Play and Learn class I spoke of above, but I found this place called Green Hut Spa, which uses organic and vegan products for manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, etc. Now THAT’S what I’m talking about! I can’t believe I haven’t heard of this place before now. I’ve searched on google for something like this in our area, and I even blogged about opening up my own eco-friendly spa but I’m glad I found this one. Their manicure and pedicure was delightful, although it took much longer than I had anticipated, but it was still worth it. I’d love to try out their facials and massage services. I bet it would be awesome.
It was really nice having some “me” time last weekend and getting a manicure/pedicure. I’m reaching the “uncomfortable” stage with me being 35 weeks pregnant. It’s so much harder now than with Parker since I have a little 16 month old that I’m trying to keep up with, chase around, bend and pick up, dance with…and just have fun with. I think that’s the hardest thing about being pregnant. There are just so many things that you can’t do…and it’s multiplied when you have a toddler to take care of in addition to your other family duties. I’m on the home stretch though! I can’t believe that we’ll be holding our sweet little baby boy in a five weeks or less!
We have a lot done in the nursery. We’re still waiting on the hutch, which will complete the furniture order. We have some really cute wall decals, a retro colorful rug, and some cute accessories. Parker and I have enjoyed playing in there, reading books and looking at the small clothes and infant toys. We’re spreading some warm welcoming vibes in preparation for baby Mason. Its really starting to look great. Completion pictures to come!
We just got word today that Parker was accepted to the Mother’s Morning Out program at St. Aidan’s Episcopal church here in Alpharetta. He will start August this year! I’m really excited that he’ll get the social stimulation he needs as well as begin to learn some basic skills that will enhance his overall development. Their program is great, and I love that they have no problem with continuing to use cloth diapers for Parker. It will be for just two days a week and four hours each day, so it’ll be just the right amount to allow me to spend time with him during the week, but give him another outlet and allow me to focus a little more on Mason, who will be a little over five months at the time.
We’ve been having some great family time lately. The weather this weekend was absolutely perfect. I’m so glad we were able to get out and enjoy it. We took Parker for a wagon ride in Wills Park. He loves his wagon, and he had so much fun at the park, climbing up the playground and sliding down the slide. We also had fun taking him around the neighborhood in his wagon, and letting him explore nature. He loved all of the little gumballs that he found so we picked out a few of those and some nice pine cones and brought them home with us. I love that everything is so brand new to Parker. He has such an appreciation for grass, dirt, flowers, pinecones, rocks…It gives me a new found appreciation to see how much he loves to explore this world we live in. I’m glad that we enjoyed the warm sun and cool breeze this weekend because the weather has been cold and drizzly for the past two days. At least it’s not a snowy blizzard like a good bit of the north. Another great reason to live in the south!
Here’s a little video of us on the way to the park…enjoying the car ride and the cool breeze:
Sunday was another family fun night. We met up with our church small group at Monkey Joes for some indoor inflatable fun with friends. Parker was keeping up with the big kids in this place and had a blast sliding, jumping, and just being his goofy self. In addition to the inflatables they had a few coin operated trucks, which he loved. Here’s a picture of Parker with pal Jake taking a ride in the fire truck.
Oh, and did I mention how much he loved the slides?