Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The Ways Daddy Plays

When NHV was born, Chad was not exactly thrilled with our little warm lump.  Don't get me wrong, he loved and adored her plenty, but he was definitely counting down the days until she could actually interactive with him.  Don't all men love to play?

These past few weeks since CJV was born and my time has been completely consumed by carrying for our second "warm lump" ... daddy has come to the rescue - big time, especially when it comes to entertaining our toddler.  Clearly a two year old provides all the interaction he could ask for ... and more!  And I cannot tell you how impressed I am with the ways he plays.  His inventive, outside-the-box ideas give a whole new spin to how Natalie spends her time.  He teaches her about big concepts and has infinite patient with her.  Watching the two of them play - while I sitting around nursing and cuddling the newbie - really got me thinking about the evolution of daddy play ...

It all started with a little game called "What's on Daddy's Head?"  As Natalie mastered the fine art of crawling and started to pull up on furniture, Chad came up with an incentive to practice.  He'd sit on the floor, grab the nearest toy, and put it on his head.  Then he'd ask, "What's that on daddy's head?  That doesn't belong there; that's just silly."  Natalie would take off crawling toward him, pull up and grab the toy with great enthusiasm.  It was so much fun to watch.

Of course, his play repertorie has grown to include such favorites as ...
  • Making breakfast food items out of Play-Doh
  • Hide-and-seeking (with some pretty silly hiding spots)
  • Running laps around the bottom level of our house while singing "She'll be Coming Around the Mountain"
  • Building playgrounds and schools and airports out of foam and wooden blocks
  • Making blanket forts and having pretend camp-outs
  • Burying Natalie with every stuffed animal in the house
  • Hanging her upside down (by her ankles) and using her as a "crane" to pick up toys off the ground
And then there are the more sophisticated - way over a two year old's head - science experiments that only an engineer could dream up ... like the most recent balloon bouyancy experiment.  Chad attached a yogurt cup to the string of my birthday balloon.  Together, Natalie and daddy tested how much weight could be loaded in the "basket"  ... what would make it sink, what would cause it to float all the way to the ceiling, ... and finally Chad's rate of liquid evaporation vs. deflation rate ... yeah, that one is even over my head!

Oh, and here's my super talented husband retrieving the stranded balloon from the two-story stairwell by ... get this ... tossing a tiny bouncy ball into the yogurt cup attached to the string ... and yes, he was successful!


Janelle said...

I just love the way dads play with their kids. It's even more fun to watch the excitement and interest the kids have. We can be so thankful for dads who truly love their kids.

singedwingangel said...

Ok that is so cool lol.. my youngest would love the science stuff. We got his older brother a DNA lab kit from the CSI show and the youngest one loves it lol..

Mommy Lisa said...

Okay - he's a keeper! :-)

Martha Mitchell said...

I have tears in my eyes!!! I love the way you write Dana but it also makes me think way back to when Chad would hang out with the Mitchell kids and his concern about being a "good" dad. You tell him he has gone way way way beyond being a "good" dad! He is amazing!!!! I think sink and float is a 4th grade concept!!! hugs to all

Miss Mel said...

Go CPV! What a great Daddy!
On a side note, Chris has those same pj pants :)

Sunday said...

Wow, those are some mad ball-throwing skills!
Great job Daddy!

Tammy said...

Just stopping by to see who my competition is for the Survivor game...cute blog! (I am your newest follower). Thought I should follow my competition!

Raising Z said...

What a wonderful daddy!!! I love the science experiments. I'm the cook that does those here :)

S has also really been amazing when it comes to meeting Z's needs over the last few months. S has always done the bedtime ritual w/ Z since he gets home so late. This ritual is so fun to listen to. There are lots of giggles, chatting, hugs and books. Sometimes S is up there for an hour!! Our little ones are very lucky :)

Epiphius said...

I've decided that daddy play is just as good for mommy as it is for the kids! And I don't mean that in the dirty way!

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