Things to do with your little human !

Well hello Friends!

Long time no post but I’m here to check in with everyone and hopefully hear how you all are doing! If this is your first time visiting Bmoore mom, I encourage you to check out my very first post to read why I’m home with my baby and taking a break from work!

For me, being at home with AJ meant I had to really put myself out there to do things, for my sanity and for his development. We are not doing daycare because, honestly, the price is more than we can afford.

I knew I wanted to socialize AJ as much as possible, which meant, I had to find activities that included other children.

To google I went. I literally just searched “things to do with children” and alas, an endless amount of opportunities for myself and the kid.

We started with storytime. Storytime is offered through the Enoch Pratt library system. Lots of interaction, singing, and babies! Fortunately for me, I met some other moms in the same boat as me and we connected, which led to more things to do!

So far we have experienced:

  1. The Maryland Science Center. For the friends following along, you may remember the Science center was on the list of things to do this year. While AJ is not old enough to fully benefit from all the things, there is a room where he can explore, interact, and roam freely!

  2. The Zoo. Either the Maryland or the National Zoo. Recently we went to the Maryland Zoo and it was easy to engage AJ in what was around him. He was fascinated with ALL THE THINGS!

  3. Storyville. A FREE place. And I don’t care how much money you make, we all love FREE. Storyville is located in the Woodlawn and Rosedale county library branches.

  4. Kiddie Crusoe. Similar to storyville, however there is a fee for admission. It is also a lot going on in the space, so I, personally, recommend waiting until your little human is exploring and walking or close to doing so.

    Below are upcoming places we are going to visit.

  1. African American Museum

  2. Walters Art Museum

  3. The Aquarium

  4. Port Discovery (which is currently under construction but hosting pop-ups, detailed on their website!)

Still with me ? Good! Now majority of these places are free admission for little people under a certain age but have a fee for adults. Here are some recommendations to minimize cost, if you plan to frequent these places:

MEMBERSHIPS. MEMBERSHIPS. MEMBERSHIPS. I know The Zoo, Science Center, and The Aquarium offer memberships. You can either purchase these memberships yourself (if you plan on visiting often) or request them at your baby shower (maybe to soon) or for your kid’s 1st birthday. You may not use them right away, but you’ll be happy you have them on reserve!

Search for discounts! Groupon is a good place to start! You can also search the specific website for discount days and events.

That’s all I have for you today. And I truly hope I gave you some ideas on how to keep your little person occupied! And lastly, if you’re a mom in the Maryland area and have other ideas , I would LOVE to hear them!

Talk soon,

Brit

Today, I made my baby cry.

Good evening friends!

I had a different idea for this post but I felt I needed to change the flow and rant a little. Anyway, if you could not tell by the title, I made AJ cry. The look on his face was one I NEVER want to see again. Well, I do not want to be the one causing it.

This week, I have been on such an emotional roller coaster, and yesterday, I snapped. Yesterday, on top of the feelings of overwhelm and stress, my sweet baby boy would NOT stop crying. He cried in the car, in my arms, and it even seemed like he was crying in his sleep.

I got to the point where i just yelled,”What is wrong with you?!” Friends, in this moment, I felt like the WORSE mother. How could I yell at my baby, when he was just being a baby. I, instantly, picked him up and tried to comfort him. I had to have been loud, because my dad (we, currently, live with my parents) called me from the basement and my husband came to my rescue.

One minute, all I needed was a minute. A minute seemed so unrealistic in my life at this point. Stressed was an understatement. Hubby grabbed the baby, and sent me to go pick up our dog from the vet. His words were, “take your time, go slow, we will talk when you get home.” At this point tears are falling, and I just could not STOP them.

I sat in the car, and cried, and prayed, and cried some more. I tried to pull off but just stopped at the end of our block. I screamed, “Lord, I need your help.” In this moment, I felt the need to write. After starting therapy, again, I started carrying my journal around with me.

I asked God to:

Release the negativity and the bad thoughts. Release the annoyance I felt towards friends and family. Release the doubt I was feeling about motherhood and wifehood. Release the burden of pleasing others. Just a release. Release the need of acceptance. Release my insecurities. Release the hurt I was feeling. Just Release. And a minute to just breathe.

All week I have been relying on the support of my husband, cousins, and best-friend. God put them in the right place at the right time. Not only did he put the right people in my space yesterday, today, I GOT A NAP. A real nap. This was big. I feel clear and free of some of the stress I felt this week, and it is time to move forward.

So I end this post to say, stop pouring from empty glasses. Take care of yourself. Have someone you can check in with. Put on your mask first, then save others!

Love y’all and thanks for reading!

Talk to you soon,

Brit