I’m six weeks into my maternity leave, and we have six weeks left to go. (Ohmygod, how are we already halfway through? I can’t think about it without wanting to cry.)
The first several weeks, it seemed that Nora didn’t require much… entertainment. When she was awake (which wasn’t very often), she mostly just wanted to eat, or be changed, or be held.
Now, however, I’m starting to feel like I’m boring the crap out of my baby. See?
Nora will sometimes have long stretches (2-3 hours) of awake time these days, and well, I just don’t know what to do with her. Sure, I can play the “so big” game a few times; I can talk in a high-pitched voice; I can read a couple of books and sing a couple of songs. But um, OK… that occupies like 30 minutes.
The rest of the time, I sit here and feel guilty about how I’m sure there is something that I’m supposed to be doing to stimulate her. Something that I’m supposed to be doing to make sure she doesn’t end up as a third grader who picks her nose and doesn’t know her ABCs. Right? Surely I’m already screwing her up?
As the next six weeks go by, she’s only going to become more and more alert. So moms, teachers, developmental psychologists… I’m sending out an S.O.S. I need ideas here. What am I supposed to be doing to occupy a wide awake six week old?
AboutI'm Heather. I'm 31 and have been married to Michael for five years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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