i set a date for our exchange/playdate. one mom wasn't able to make it so she sent her bags of baby food with a friend and the friend collected hers for her. everyone brought coolers. when everyone got to my place, i threw their baby food into my deep freeze in the garage so we could playdate upstairs for awhile first. we had 5 toddler/preschoolers and 6 babies. i had the living room set up with all my baby toys. wooden trains were in my son's room to play with, playdough at the kitchen table, car mat with cars on the kitchen floor, and colouring at the kid's table in the "playroom"/kitchen area. i have to admit, i'd imagined the moms drinking coffee in the living room with our babies and all the other children dispersed throughout the house playing happily. of course, this was not so - do i NOT have kids? we all congregated in the kitchen where the kids could play but still be close to us as many of the kids had never been to my house before - why would they leave their moms? my son was the clingiest of all because it felt like a ton of people in our house! haha. but we managed to still chat and eventually moved into the living room. there was even a few minutes of some kids way down the hall playing trains and reading books! amazing.
|baby stations with toddlers running through in the living room|
|playdough in the kitchen|
overall? a success! i've been loving pulling homemade cubes of baby food out of the freezer for avery at feeding time. she doesn't seem to like a lot of the foods so far though love love loves pear! i think it's the texture - it's the smoothest. i made blueberries for the swap and so far, that's the only cube that didn't work out that great when it thawed - it was really strangely goopy. but other than that, i've been adding a little water to most of the cubes to help smooth them out and i am STOCKED on baby food for a good while!
next up? i'm currently planning a Busy Bag Swap with moms of 3 year olds! i may be becoming a swap-a-holic...