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 just turned 30. I'm happily married, and mommy to the most beautiful little girl in the world (what, you're saying I could be biased?). Determined DIYer and homeowner. Sarcastic. A perfectionist. A bleeding-heart liberal. Frugal. Loves a little dog way more than many humans. Loves food, hates exercise (it's an ongoing battle). A loyal football fan. I love to laugh. Value family and friends above all else. Vie to be a world traveler.
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