My baby Liam is just one month away from being ONE YEAR OLD! How exciting!
This month has been particularly fun, because both my big kids are at full-time school… so I get to hang out with my little baby all day.
It’s like having a first child again. Just me and a little kid who doesn’t talk back.
I’ll say things like: What shall we do today buddy? What about sleeping in a pram for 2 hours, while I catch up with some girlfriends in a cafe and then go shopping?
Oh, the glorious free time! Oh, the lovely long quiet mornings!
OK not really. The reality is that Liam sleeps 2 hours in the morning. And I do things like check my email and creep around the house trying to do the housework as quietly as possible.
Sometimes I might sit in the garden with a cup of tea and read a book. That part is pretty bliss.
This month, Liam has been a little sick. With teeth coming through and a chesty cough, he has been clinging onto my legs for most of his waking hours. For 3 days straight he cried to be picked up, cried to be fed, cried to be entertained. He was super-glued to my hip.
I get the impression that Liam is quite bored in the house – because, he stops whinging the moment I take him out.
It made me suddenly remember what I used to do when I was a first time mum – I went out every day!
I was busy with mother’s groups and play dates. I went to play gyms, music lessons, baby swim classes. I went out to the shops, the library, galleries, baby movie sessions. My schedule was fully booked!
And now? My schedule is also fully booked, but with work and chores!
I recalled that list someone wrote about how things change after each baby:
1st baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics, Baby Swing, and Baby Story Hour.
2nd baby: You take your infant to Baby Gymnastics.
3rd baby: You take your infant to the supermarket and the dry cleaner.
Argh. It’s so tragic, but it’s so true. I hang my head in shame.
Anyway, this week I’m lifting my game and scheduling a lot more fun baby stuff for us.
On the development front… Liam can take 4 steps.
He does lots of clapping, waving bye, shaking his head, trying to repeat words we say, and trying very hard to walk.
Ah, won’t be long before he’s riding a bike!