A while ago I asked on facebook for ideas of how to entertain Heidi poolside while Annie swims, given Annie is swimming every other day this is become a bit of a huge thing in our lives.
I thought I would report back on how we have gone. Colouring in has proved successful, as has building Lego sets (when I can find them on special), recreating our Lego constructions in Minecraft was also fun. Origami (pictured above) not so great, water and paper don’t mix well.
Now the weather is getting better Heidi and I will wander around outside and play, with occasional check ins to see how Annie is going. I enjoy the spy games much more than the metal detecting, especially as Heidi has such a vivid imagination that playing pretend games like “spies” is lots of fun (unlike the high pitched beeping of the metal detector).
Imagination games also lead to sitting down and drawing stories of the games we just played. Like this one, an evil robber kidnapped me, Heidi used her metal detector to find where I was being held, then we all celebrated defeating the robber.
Fun times had by all. Thank you for the fantastic suggestions. It really has helped make what was becoming a stressful time be fun and relaxing.
Only briefly but it was still heart stopping scary.
We’ve been going out to the market on Sunday mornings to do our weekly shopping, it works so much better for the whole family. Being outdoors the noise doesn’t echo and there is no music playing through shop speakers, occasionally there is a performer singing or playing a guitar but outside in the open air it is less of a sensory assault. Whilst it is crowded there is not the sensory overload of being in a building crowded by people. It just seems to work, the girls, myself, husband are all more calm and relaxed.
A couple of weeks ago we found a stall at the market selling books and of course had to stop to take a look, husband, Annie and I all got busy looking for books and when I looked up to do a head count, there was only 3 of us, not 4. No Heidi.
Two minutes of checking out the stalls around us and we found her at the flower stall, entranced by the pretty colours. So drawn to the flowers was she that Heidi forgot to tell any of us where she was going. Sigh.
Scary two minutes, a good reminder that wandering happens faster than you realise and one of us always needs to have our eye on Heidi.
The flowers were pretty though and just what we were looking for out near our front door.