So many things go thru your mind when you find out you’re expecting! A lot of doubt and questions, but one thing you know FOR SURE: you will spend a lot of time indoors. Or will you ?
Well, you don’t have to !
This is the basic concept most people have. You sure need some time to adjust to your new life, your new routine, to HEAL !! But as time goes by, it is up to YOU whether you will be home or not.
Helena was only 4 days old when we went to the restaurant for the first time with her. And only about 2 weeks old when we went on our first road trip to Calgary: I WAS DRIVING !!
The idea to be home ALL THE TIME depressed the life out of me. Plus, I saw my little bundle of joy as my BFF, someone I can hang out with, keep me company.
I was extremely surprised and happy when I realized how much there is to do as a mom here in Edmonton. Really, if you look it up online you will be in awe, too.
I won’t list every single thing out there. Just the ones I personally know and can vouche for!
#1 My Most Favoritest One of All Places !!!! The Movie Theatre: Stars & Strollers
You can tell I love this one just by the excessive use of superlative haha But yeah. Three of Cineplex Theatres have sessions meant for moms and babies/toddlers. Each theatre has its own schedule, but they all have a few things in common:
– Choice of two new movies every week
– A baby friendly environment
– Lowered volume and dimmed lighting
– Change table
– Stroller Parking Available in select theatres
Here’s the schedule:
Cineplex Odeon North & ScotiaBank have their Stars & Strollers sessions on Wednesdays at 1 p.m
Cineplex Odeon South has its Stars & Strollers sessions on Thursdays at 1 P.M.
I have only been to S&S at Cineplex Odeon North and the Scotiabank one. The only difference I found was that the change table at the north one is in the washroom whereas, at Scotiabank, the change table is right out the door and it is filled with supplies such as diapers, wipes, hand gel and so on … as seen on the picture below. I myself took this picture on my way out.
#2 My Second Most Favoritest Place to spend time: Java Mama in Saint Albert
Did you think you could NOT go for coffee anymore now that you have a baby? Well, think again.
Java Mama is a baby/toddler friendly coffee shop for moms !! Watch your kid play as you’re having some coffee and catching up with your friends. There is a toddler area and a baby area that has exersaucers and other toys.
The pic bellow is of Helena having a blast while I, my mom and my friend had breakfast!
# 3 My Third Most Favoritest Thing to do: Swimming !!!
Millenium Place is a wonderful place to go for a swim with baby. It is a very family oriented rec centre, it has baby friendly pools, and great family rooms to change, and whatnot, keeping the family together !!
Now, if you are interested in Swim Lessons, you can get your baby started at as early as 4 months of age. Our lessons took place in Sherwood Park, at the Kinsmen Leisure Centre. We signed up online on http://www.strathcona.ca. It was about $40.00.
I will be honest with you: you will spend more time in the change room than in the pool, but it is still A LOT OF FUN and totally worth it. Your baby will have a blast in the water, socialize and your little one will get more and more familiar with being in water and taking baths at home.
# 4 My Fourth Most Favoritest Thing To Do: Mommy Groups !!!
I was part of two different mommy groups: Mommy Connections & New Mom’s Group.
The first one is run by a fellow mother and we get to socialize with other moms, we learn new things and our babies get to socialize. It was a good experience. It cost $85 for 6 weeks, meeting once a week.
New Mom’s group is run by Alberta Health Services. It served the very same purpose as mommy connections, but in my opinion is much better for a few reasons. First because it was cheaper since their weekly meetings, a total of 6, cost ONLY $30.
Second because it was run by a nurse and every lecture was EXTREMELY informative and detailed. And third reason, well, it was $30 bucks !!! It is so cheap I count it twice haha
The pic bellow is of Helena at Mommy Connections. She had just taken her feet print !!!!
One thing is for sure: You need to get out of the house. I find that doing fun things with my baby helped us bond even more. Plus, it will keep you from falling into PPD.
I hope this quick post can be as informative as it can possibly be and that it may give you ideas of things you can do!
Is there any other special thing you do or places you go with your little one?? I would love to hear some suggestions !!