I’ve been getting Jack outside most afternoons. We go out for his exercise in the mornings before naptime, walking at Jack-speed, which is something slower than an amble. Think glacier. The afternoons are for my exercise, so he goes in the stroller, and I get to choose the pace. He’s been great – he gets to play with a toy and eat puffs or cheerios while seeing the sights, and I get to listen to an audiobook or podcast and actually feel like I’m working out. I only occasionally have to play Bean Bag Rock instead of the Dresden Files.
For his entertainment, I usually give him his Scout phone, his snack container, and his water cup, but he can’t juggle all three (I need to order the snack tray that goes with the stroller). I usually start him out with snack and the phone – he makes it very clear when he wants water. We’ll be strolling along, and his right arm will rocket into the air, hand waving, and I’ll hear “dat-dat, dat-dat”. I barely have to slow down to pass him his water, and when he’s done, the arm shoots into the air again, water in hand, and I take it back. He resumes snacking or playing.
I am Mama, servant to the tiny emperor.