A visit to the pumpkin patch reveals baby’s interests

There’s a place called Gentry Farm in Franklin, TN that sells pumpkins, does hay rides, and has some animals for kids and adults to look at. There’re also a few perfect photo opportunities presented there which make it a draw for the crowd that’s too young to care.

We went there yesterday and learned a few things about babies at the 18 & 20 month stages that I’d never really heard before.

1. Rocks are fun

Rocks are fun

Give two babies a huge field, goats, chickens, corn mazes, playhouses, etc. They’ll ignore those to sit and sift through rocks.

Not the rocks before the $7 admission gate, the rocks right after the $7 admission gate. There was a very clear distinction.

2. The only time a baby will stand still for a picture is when there are rocks to be had.

No rocks to be had

There were no rocks, the look of despair shines upon my loved one’s face.

3. If you can’t find rocks, corn and wheat are a close second

Not rocks, but will do

While it wasn’t rocks, a bin a corn and wheat worked as well.

Any rocks in the outhouse?
Are there any rocks in there?

4. Tractor rides don’t help you find rocks

No rocks here
bored baby with no rocks

5. if you can’t find rocks, tetanus will do

baby in a cart

6. all this other stuff just keeps baby from rock work

We also did a corn maze, mini maze of terror involving crawling through a pipe, looked at some goats and chickens, picked out pumpkins, climbed on slides, etc. But the experience was mostly tactile obsessive at this age. Dried cobs of corn was a big hit, things you could stick your hands in and feel, etc.

Overall a fun trip, but I think now I’m going to have to build a rock garden for my baby. That or perhaps buy a ton of dried corn to let Maggie run wild through.