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How we fill our days

November 4, 2016

Wednesday walk

Cleo is almost 2 months old now, and we’re starting to find a rhythm to our days.  So far I’ve managed to get a shower in every day, believe it or not.  I also cook dinner most nights (nothing crazy — the way I cook has definitely changed, but that’s a post for another time).  We try to go for a walk every day, either downtown or just around the neighborhood.  Walking around with her in the Ergo is sometimes the only thing that calms her down when she’s overtired and needs to take a nap.  It seemed counterintuitive to me when I first read this, but it’s absolutely true that the more she sleeps during the day, the better she sleeps at night.

Cleo loves music, and we listen to a little bit of everything — classical on NPR, lullaby CDs from the children’s section at the library (Tumble Bee by Laura Veirs has been a favorite), the 1960s station on Amazon Prime Music, a Louis Armstrong album of Disney songs.  She’s not a big fan of books (yet!), but we’re working on it.  I’ve been reading Winnie the Pooh to her, and we look at lots of board books.  We also work on tummy time — she’s a pro at holding up her head, and she’s even started rolling over from her tummy to her back!  And when Cleo naps, I wash dishes, do laundry, try to keep up with the housework, and occasionally manage to sneak in a bit of knitting.  I finally finished the little dress I was working on while I was in labor, and now I’m working on my first ever shawl.

Being a stay-at-home-mom is a dream come true for me, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t hard.  Some days I feel like I’m barely keeping my head above water, but overall I think I’m adjusting well.  I’ve found stores of energy that I never knew I had.  And so far, every day has been different — something I try to keep in mind when I’m having a rough day.  Tomorrow will be better; tomorrow I can be better — more fun, more patient, more gentle with myself — but at the end of the day, if she’s fed and safe and happy, that’s all that matters.

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