Over the last year I enjoyed finding activities to do with my son. For the first few months we pretty much didn’t go anywhere, mainly because I was scared and still trying to figure everything out. I took him out for our first walk in the stroller in March when he was almost 2 months old. He slept for most of it.

Our First Walk

In May my parents came out from Nova Scotia to meet Elliott when he was around 4 months old. We took him out to Jurassic Forest, the Royal Alberta Museum, and the Devon Botanical Gardens.

Jurassic Forest

Also in May I took him out to the Ukrainian Festival where we listened to some music and watched the dancers. I also started doing “hikes” with the Hike It Baby group, which is basically scheduled walks with other moms and babies.

Ukrainian Festival

In June when he was around 6 months old we started going out to the library for their programs. They have a few different programs geared to young kids where you sing, read stories, and play with toys. I really enjoyed that and talking to other moms. We also went to a parade in June and the Calgary Zoo.

Calgary Zoo

In July I went to my first Facebook mom’s group meetup, this time at Edmonton Valley Zoo. This is where I met my first mom friends who I’ve hung out a couple other times since then. In July I also took Elliott out to a Highland Games event and to his first movie, The Lion King.

Highland Games

In August at 8 months old, Elliott and I got lost in the Edmonton Corn Maze, went on more walks with friends, and attended another parade.

Edmonton Corn Maze

In September we went to visit his other grandparents in British Columbia for a week. It was an 11 hour drive each way. He did great on the way there, only crying for the last hour. But the drive home was a different story. He cried almost the whole way home.

First Time in a Boat

In September we continued going for “Hikes” and to the library. We also went swimming for the first time with our friends from the Zoo Meetup.

In October at almost 9 months old we went to our first birthday party and to our second movie, The Adams Family.

Attending a friend’s birthday party.

In November I took him to a craft fair but it was so crowded I could barely get the stroller through the aisles so it was not very enjoyable. We went to see Santa at Southgate Mall and went to a Santa Claus parade at the Mill Woods Town Centre.

Waiting to meet Santa.

In December we didn’t do a whole lot. The weather got colder and snowier so I didn’t really want to leave the house. We had a visit with some friends near Christmas and we went out to the library once. Hopefully we will have time for more adventures next year, but it will be harder since I will be back at work.

I had my baby shower on Sunday. It was just a small party with four guests, but that worked for me as I don’t like entertaining in the first place. I did a little decorating with balloons and a welcome sign on the door.

Since no one has really been to our home before we started with a house tour followed by lunch. I ordered some pizza, made cupcakes with blue frosting, and had some chips set out.

Following that we played some baby shower games. For the first game I had a baby bottle filled with soother candies and the guests had to guess how many candies they thought were in the bottle. The winner got to keep the bottle and candy.

Next we played a game called Diaper Notes. Guests take a diaper and write on the back of it with some inspiration for those late night diaper changes.

After that we had Baby Bucket List. Here guests will write down something you should try to do in babies first year. Something you wish you had done with your own children, something you would like to do with your future children, or an activity you think the new family would enjoy.

I also had a baby pool sign for guests to guess when the babies birthday is going to be. You can also list how much you think they will weigh, and how long they were going to be.

We played the yarn game where guests will take a spool of yarn and cut it off at the length they think will wrap around the mother’s belly. Whoever gets the measurement the closest wins a prize.

While opening gifts I had found a bingo game online where guests check off the items as you open them. It makes the gift portion more exciting for the guests instead of just watching someone open presents.

Following the gifts we had a quiz. I wrote down different statements, such as “Who owns more pairs of shoes” and then the guest will guess if the answer is mom or dad. It was fun to see who knew us better.

One of the hosts drew up a picture of a uterus with an egg inside and had sperm for each person to pin onto the picture. The person who got the sperm closest to the egg won the game.

The final game we played was where guests try to guess the mother’s weight. One of my guests guessed it right on at 140lbs.

All in all I believe everyone had fun. After everyone left I was pretty exhausted which I actually didn’t expect. I remember reading about other people saying they were tired after their parties but I didn’t think that would be the case with me.