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First Week Home Alone with Baby

Last week daddy went back to work for the first time in many many months. He has been home full time with baby, pretty much since I returned from maternity leave.

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So I’ve been home alone with her almost every weekend, and I’ve learned a thing or two.

#1 Early bedtimes are awesome. 8:30 may not be early for some kids, but it is for ZZ and I just did it again for the second night in a row. 

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#2 Take a bath with baby. Washing your hair in tub water with baby shampoo adds lots of texture.

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#3 Use lots of bubbles so you can’t see when the water turns yellow.

#4 If your child is afraid of grass, a picnic blanket is as effective as a cage.

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#5 I knew it before but now I KNOW it. It is much more exhausting to be the one staying home.

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Bonus I’m also figuring out that I can either do something, be present with ZZ, rest, or get something done; but I cannot do any of these things at the same time very well. And I don’t want to do any of these things, all the time. If I rest or play all the time, I’d get bored. If I go do something or get something done every night, I get exhausted and miss what is most important, bonding time with baby. Tonight I wanted a rest night but she demanded full playing attention and that was fine. Tomorrow, I think we will leave the house and have a busy evening. Tonight, I may not even get the clothes off the bathroom floor before daddy comes back home. ZZ is asleep and it would be a shame to get out of bed and wake my love.

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