Mobile Madness

As Silas has longer and longer stretches of awake alert time, I've had to be creative in order to find ways to fill it that are interesting to the both of us. We do lots of walking around the house, looking out the windows at the birds, singing along to Renee & Jeremy songs, and intensely studying the pictures on the walls. He seems pretty content with it all, but this mama needed to re-frame these activities so that they feel, well, like activities. Our time spent looking at mobiles and pictures has been dubbed our "visual acuity time." Stretching on the floor is referred to as our "gross motor skills events." Reading Mother Goose is now a "study session." It's all pretty silly, but it helps me to not take it all too seriously as well as to give some meaning to the order of my day. It helps to buffer the repetitiveness of it all. Feed, change, awake, asleep, repeat.

I've been really obsessed with the idea of making a variety of mobiles for him to look at. There are so many really neat ones out there, but they average $30 to $40, which is just out of our price range. So, I decided to dedicate a goodly sum of my sleeping-baby-time to making them. He gets new images to look at during "visual acuity time" and I get a little bit of creative satisfaction out of making them. Win win.

Assuming there are other new mamas out there who might want to do the same thing (and wanting to practice my tutorial writing skills), I've written a tutorial for the whale mobile that is now hanging over his changing table. It was inspired by a similar one I saw on ebay for $30. Mine uses all materials I found around the house and didn't cost me a thing other than my time. You can view and download a PDF version, complete with template for the hanger here. Let me know what you think.

6 comments:

  1. love it- love the tutorial format too- and I love the names you have for all your activities.

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  2. Thanks for the ideas! I (unfortunetly) will only be able to stay home for twelve weeks with our new baby,but I'm already thinking about how my days are going to be. What do I do all day? How can I make the most of our very short time together until I go back to work? Thanks for the insight and giving me a project to look forward to!

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  3. Love how you are getting creative with your wee one! I remember with Finn I would have "planned" activities as well that included lots of reading and looking at things... even at only a month or 2 old. I would read him children's books, but I would also read aloud from whatever adult books I was reading as well (he never seemed to mind!). I think if you don't make it interesting to you as well, you could start to go crazy!

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  4. Oh my gosh he is so big already! See how fast that is! An instant! Love the mobile! It is hard, adjusting to what constitutes a 'day well spent' with a baby. It was really hard for me to adjust to that "looking out the window...ok check...now what?" part of Mommyhood. But now that it is gone, I wonder if myself at this point would be so much happier in that place...than who I was then...

    Hugs,
    Jen

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  5. i love this! i love whales..... i should make one for me.

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  6. I just stumbled upon this post. I would love to see your template but the link is no longer active. If possible, could you email it to me? joy.herod@gmail.com

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