While Mama-Educator is still trying to get the hang of how to care for baby, while attending to home, school and sundry other responsibilities, Luke and Nina do so with ease -- at least with their own "babies".
Witness some snippets from last month:
Both kids would love to feed Jack if only they could. Since they can't, they often abscond with Boppies and My Brest Friends to play Mama and Papa to dollies. Here's Nina gleefully nursing"Gemma" - a dollie she re-named when we realized we were having a boy (and the name of the child she says she is going to have when she is big!)
Now, to save Luke some future embarrassment, I won't post nursing photos. But, I will admit that I had a chat I never thought I would with our four year old boy - all about anatomy and why boys cannot nurse babies. And, I will say that Luke (even if he still sometimes plays at nursing) was happy to become "The Burper" for all the kids' dollies, including "Gianna". (When a neighbor gave the kids bizarre Mickeys, they named them "Luke" and "Gianna".)
Luke and Nina don't just play at nursing and burping their "babies" though. Regularly, they abscond with diapers, rifle through closets and pillage tucked away toys in order to keep their kids dry, clothed and entertained. They also make them special "rooms" and "houses" for them and ensure their safety in "buckle seats" for imaginary trips to Papa's. Here, they were doing both:
However, sometimes imaginary trips just won't due. So, Luke and Nina take their kids for stroller rides around our cul de sac and, when going further afield, make slings to carry them in.
Playing (and honestly working at) at baby care is an everyday adventure around here! How about at your home?