Being a new mum is challenging, but ever so rewarding. And despite the exhaustion, lack of sleep & demands that a newborn places on every day life, we will all look back on these days as some of the best of our lives.
One of the fortunate things about living in North Queensland is being able to utilise the local area to create so many wonderful memories for yourself & your little ones. Here's just an example of a day in the life of Mum & Bub.....
Step One: Wake up before sunrise. Thankfully, it's warm most mornings. So instead of sitting indoors with all of the windows closed in the dark, we head out to our closest beach. In this instance, Clifton. The sunrise is, as always, spectacular. As we stroll along the footpath amongst the palm trees, taking in the idyllic views of Double Island & Scout's Hat.
Step Two: Head to Jack & Shanan's in Palm Cove for a much needed coffee & delicious breakfast with one of their freshly made juices.
Step Three: Off to Little Snapper's Swim School in Smithfield for swimming lessons. Bubs just love the water, and Little Snapper's provide free lessons to babies from just 6 weeks old! Once they're a little older, paid swimming lessons are available however the Newborn Hatchling's class provides a fun & active way to bond & interact with your baby. The instructors will provide knowledge & guidance on how to make your bub feel safe in the water & become familiar with it all at once.
Step Four: Make your way to the Stratford Library where a children's area allows you to sit & read books with your baby in a child-friendly setting.
Step Five: Lunchtime! By this point you've cruised closer to town, and the Showground Shopping Centre houses a perfect little coffee shop called Bambino & Me. Browse their children's clothing lines while your little one plays in the children play area which also has a television as a treat. You can sit back and relax with good food, (another) quality coffee while your darling is entertained. Be sure to also ask about their weekly craft activities. If you're feeling like something a little more substantial to eat (because let's be honest, we're still using the "eating for two" excuse while we're breastfeeding right?), then Aqua Luna at the Cairns Aquarium provides delicious meals with generous portions & value for money. If you're lucky enough to hold an annual pass, you may as well cut a lap through to visit the fish!
Step Six: Time to work off the lunch. After a quick stroll through Babies'R'Us (also at Showground Shopping Centre) it's off to Centenary Lakes. If your child is old enough, they may like to have a play on the nature playground, which is, as it sounds, a playground immersed amongst trees & bushes allowing for them to explore amongst the tropical plants. Take a leisurely stroll around the lake as it wynds towards the Botantical Gardens & the Tanks Arts Centre, where you can sit back and have yet another coffee in amongst a lush rainforest setting. Alternatively, if they're in bloom, head to Freshwater to have a walk amongst the beautiful Sunflower Garden, just next to Freshwater Train Station.
Step Seven: How are you feeling? Tired yet? Probably time to start heading home to start the bathtime & bedtime routine. Get a good sleep, because tomorrow, it all starts again,
Check out the directory for Kid's here for more ideas on entertaining your little ones! http://whatshotnq.com/events/categories/for_the_kids