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Stuck Inside: How I Kept My Baby Entertained During the Hurricane

It’s official. We’ve officially been stuck inside our apartment for over 24 hours because of Hurricane Sandy. I am incredibly thankful that we still have power and there is no damage to report. The rain and wind just started to pick up here as the storm hits land, but everything is still okay.

The hardest part of today was keeping both Harlan, my 3 year old, and Avery entertained during this very long period of time inside. We will have to do it again most of tomorrow because much of the city will be shut down due to the storm.

This is the longest time that I’ve had to stay inside with both kids. Living in the city, we are completely spoiled that we can literally get up and walk right outside and be somewhere amazing within a matter of minutes. I never realized just how much we take that for granted until today. I had to pull out everything I had to keep the girls entertained. While they were both awake, I tried to do things that both of them would enjoy. While Avery was sleeping, I did extra special activities with Harlan.

Even with cabin fever starting to settle in towards the end of the day, Avery was incredibly well behaved and wasn’t even phased that we couldn’t go outside all day. Check out all of the activities we did during the day after the jump!


  • Watch a Movie 1 of 7
    Watch a Movie
    Her attention span literally lasted about two minutes, but it was a very peaceful and quiet two minutes. We have been lucky and haven't lost power, so I decided to let Harlan watch Cinderella. Avery was playing on the floor with her toys, but found some entertainment in the movie.
  • New Toys! 2 of 7
    New Toys!
    I had no idea that the mail was even running today, but I walked outside my door to find a package. It was probably the best package I could have ever received today because it was Cinderella and Prince Charming dolls. Both girls were quite entertained with their new toys for quite a while! If the threat of another storm happens again, I am going to stockpile new toys and introduce them when times get a little rough.
  • Attempt to Go Outside 3 of 7
    Attempt to Go Outside
    This morning, things weren't that bad outside, so I thought I could run to the store to get some last minute items. I bundled Avery up and put her in the stroller only to make it to the front door of our building to see the rain coming down and the wind blowing like crazy. We decided to head right back upstairs. Avery liked the little bit of the outdoors that she got to see today.
  • Learn New Motor Skills 4 of 7
    Learn New Motor Skills
    I'm just starting Avery on small solids that she can try to pick up with her fingers to feed herself. She has never done it before, so I sat her down and she tried to pick up the little puffs from her daddy's hand. It kept her busy for at least 30 minutes!
  • Play in a Box 5 of 7
    Play in a Box
    Once the girls were finished playing with their new toys, they made good use out of the box that it came in. They played for a while in this thing. Harlan kept telling Avery that they were going on different adventures in it. They traveled to the moon, on the train to town, and even on an airplane. Love that my oldest's imagination can get Avery involved and having fun.
  • Climbing Up the Walls 6 of 7
    Climbing Up the Walls
    Can you tell that this was getting towards the end of the day? Both girls were literally trying to climb up the walls. Avery tries to stand up on anything and Harlan saw the chance to do it as well. Cabin fever was definitely starting to settle in at this point.
  • Let’s Read a Book 7 of 7
    Let's Read a Book
    In the evening as it started to get dark outside I tried to dim the lights to get the girls calmed down from climbing on the walls and everything else they could get their hands on. I gave Harlan a book and sat them both down on the floor. Harlan began 'reading' to Avery. Avery tried to get closer and closer to Harlan to see the pages. It was the perfect and sweetest ending to a long day indoors.

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