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.
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.
#2 Take a bath with baby. Washing your hair in tub water with baby shampoo adds lots of texture.
#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.
#5 I knew it before but now I KNOW it. It is much more exhausting to be the one staying home.
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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