I can hardly believe that Mason is already halfway through his tenth month! I mean could time just slow down a bit. I’m not ready for Mason to be turning one and it feels like it’s going to sneak up on us quickly. I’ve finally come to the realization he’s going to be turing one before I know it and I’ve started to work on his invitations and plan is birthday party.
Mason is quite the handful right now but he’s also the happiest baby. He’s so mobile and I swear he gets into everything that I don’t want him to. It’s like he knows exactly where I don’t want him to go and he goes there in a blink of the eye. While he’s all over the place, this time is so fun. Mason is super talkative and I swear he’s making jokes because he’s always laughing (which I’m not mad about because it is the most amazing sound EVER!!). He is absolutely enamored by the puppies. He loves watching them and finds them so hilarious.
Mason’s also really getting into playing with toys and is so aware of everything around him. He is very thoughtful when it comes to what he’s doing. I love watching him check his hands out as he opens and closes them and flips them front and back. He can spot the tiniest of things and pick them up between his fingers. He stands up with ease and is careful when he sits back down. He walks along the length of our sectional holding onto the cushions. He’s crawling all over place and all over the puppies. Just the other day he crawled right over Lexie who was laying on the sofa just so he could get to one of his favorite remotes to mess with.
I’ve been trying to find things that will entertain him because otherwise I am pretty much stuck at his side or holding him. I’ve found a few products from Skip Hop that he’s been really interested in lately. They have a new Roomba-like toy called the Follow Bee Crawl which is awesome. I can turn it on and Mason will crawl after it, taking the bee off of the cloud and watching as it lights up and spins around. He’s so fast that the toy can’t always keep up but it can keep him entertained for a while. I love that there is a sensor on the toy which redirects it away from walls and other obstacles (like Mason’s other toys). Mason’s knees have been getting bruised and cut from all the crawling he’s been doing. I have no idea what he scraped his knee on but one day I noticed a little cut. So I am so happy to now have rubber mats that I can lay down in our living room and in the kitchen. It does pose a small challenge for the Follow Bee Crawl Toy but Mason will actually push it back onto the mat if it goes off and then can’t get all the way back on. It’s pretty cute how smart he is! I’ve also taken the mats outside so that when Justin and I want to enjoy our backyard I don’t have to be on edge as Mason crawls and stands up on our brick patio. The little extra cushion those foam floor tiles add helps put me at ease. Cause no mom wants their baby to faceplant onto tile or brick!!
The other toy that has been super beneficial, though only for short periods of time, is their Explore & More Baby’s View 3-Stage Activity Center. It was designed in collaboration with a pediatrician. The activity center supports a “whole body” approach to play and learning. It was super easy to assemble, I did it myself, and it comes with toys that can be placed anywhere along the circumference of the activity center top. It features a 360-degree rotating seat that turns and stretches for bouncing. The unique discovery window lets Mason see his feet while he plays to learn cause and effect. He loves watching the light-up piano as he kicks it with his feet, or with the help of his mama 😉 He also loves when I take it off and let him play with it while he’s sitting on the floor. He’s really into the music and the moving lights. As Mason grows, the activity center can convert for easy cruising—ultimately becoming a clean, sturdy table for coloring, playing and more.
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A big Thank you to Skip Hop for providing us with these perfect playtime toys and mats. As always the opinions expressed in this post are my own and not that of the company.