Time sure does fly… It’s hard sometimes to sit down and recollect your thoughts, but I’m sure glad I’m actively keeping this blog updated so that we can relive Summer’s progression. As suggested in the book Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, happy is attained through enjoyment by simply living in the moment. Material wealth are just external pleasures that are only temporary.
At this point in Summer’s growth, she’s able to sign for most of her physical needs, such as milk, diapers, etc. The biggest physical challenge I now have is her nutrition, mainly ensuring that we have enough variety in her meals while still feeding her wholesome food. Luckily for our Blendtec blender (which my counter has shown me using 700+ times in a year), I can put almost anything I want in our morning smoothie and she will drink it, including raw kale and spinach.
Sleeping in is pretty much out the window; but, I still enjoy waking up with Summer each day. I have not once turned on a cartoon or TV show in the morning for Summer to watch as a baby-sitter. I do, however, let her play with the iPad while I doze off a little. Just be careful because you can be awaken by the thud of the iPad on your forehead. But, it at least beats letting her watch TV because she is still interacting instead of being feed information. Mommy watches TV, so eventually, Summer will be curious enough about it to start watching (maybe). But for now, she’s more interested in us reading Tabbed books together (books with images that allows her to peel being tabs to find other images).
One of the things that starts to become obvious, but no one really discusses, is the idea of the Attention, and how much our baby will soon be very hungry for it. Once they want it, they will have it one way or another. Like all babies, Summer does a little whine and pout when she wants attention. The best approach I found is to disregard the whine and pouting for a bit until she’s done, which usually lasts a few seconds, then interact with her - rather then jumping on impulse thinking that she needs something. We are right that she needs something, and she got it. But that’s telling her that if she wants Attention, the way to do it is to whine and pout. Therefore, I think the most important sign we should teach our baby at this juncture is the sign for Attention. This should allow them to express themselves in needing your attention, without driving you nuts.
Finally, I want to reflect upon a few things that we all are aware of but reflect little on. Raising a baby is not difficult, it is just demanding and challenging. There is never any one big thing that needs to be done, just one-hundred little things that will demand a lot of time. Getting all these things done will usually mean sacrificing sleep, and with it will be your patience. Most of the bickering you do will be a result of the lack of sleep, not because of anything important. Be aware of your patience level and catch yourself before you die over a mole hill. There are many of those you will trip over, just make sure to pick your battles wisely, and make sure to question how you can be wrong.