K. was diagnosed with an ear infection two days ago, which explained his crazy-high temperatures and general crankiness over the weekend. He's on the mend, thankfully, with antibiotics, but still doesn't appear to be feeling tip-top. Consequently, although we have an invitation for a play date this afternoon, I think we'll stay home and let him rest up a bit more.
Add to this the fact that it is about 25 degrees outside, so that eliminates any opportunity for getting out in the open.
So, knowing that we had a day of hunkering down in store, I tried my best this morning to be creative (and limit my cell phone-Facebook checking!) with games. I am pretty proud of myself in terms of how I filled the morning.
Here's a list of our activities up until naptime.
7:30 am Wake up
7:30 - 8:30 Lounge in Mom's bed drinking milk and watching the news with a bit of Tivo-ed Bob the Builder mixed in (I feel guilty about the TV watching but hey, he's sick, and he was resting the whole time, right?)
8:30 - 9:00 Breakfast (mini pancakes, strawberries, and a squeezy yogurt)
9:00 - 9:45 Play-doh party! Fun for Mom, too.
9:45 - 10:00 With K. losing interest in Play doh and pulling out his new Christmas gift, the Fisher Price Little People learning town, we played "house" and "school" intermingled with "making a pizza" and delivering it to the Little People. Some of his cars got in on the action as well. ("Car ... eat pizza!" etc.)
10:00 - 10:15 K. loses interest in Little People and pulls out his Sesame Street doctor kit, another Christmas present. He proceeds to give Mom a check-up then moves on to giving his toy dump truck a very good analysis with the otoscope.
10:15 - 11:00 The action moves downstairs to the basement, where his Thomas train table can be found. This ensures a good chunk of time while Mom can goof around on the computer - glory be! (So much for my pledge not to check Facebook.)
11:00 - 11:10 K. happens to become intrigued by some photos of friends' kids Mom was viewing; comes over and requests photos of himself.
11:10 - 11:12 We flip quickly through Mom's electronic photo collection of K., to smiles and applause.
11:12 - 11:50 K. suddenly announces he wants to view hot air balloons on You Tube (don't ask) and we proceed to watch various videos, from a lovely hot air balloon race to "Lots and Lots of Fire Trucks" (oldie but a goodie) to a cartoon video of "5 little monkeys jumping on the bed".
11:50 - 12:20 Lunchtime! Ravioli, strawberries (he's actually EATING them these days so I'm sticking with a good thing) and sweet potatoes.
12:20 - 12:30 Reading books in the countdown to naptime.
12:45 Down for a nap!
I have to say, the morning did seem to fly by.
Do any of you have suggestions for other things to do when the weather - or your child's health - is not cooperating?