Tomorrow I will be the proud momma of a 9 month old! LucyKate is growing and changing and getting cuter, smarter and more alert by the minute! I can tell such a huge difference in just the last week. She is totally out of that “infant” stage and headed full-speed into the world of the toddler.
Now the reason for this post, this most humble parenting post, is that I really need some advice and ideas. You see, I have zero baby experience. All the experience I have thus far is what I have learned in the last 9 months. Before now I never really spent any time with kids of any age! I am an only child. I never baby sat. I have never really had much of an opportunity to even be around babies, children, kids, you get the idea.
Before now, LK was pretty easy to manage during the day. She slept ALOT and was otherwise pretty content with a few toys and her momma. Now she has transitioned into the stage where she is super curious, she notices everything, and wants to explore everything she notices. This is a super fun stage and I am really enjoying it! But here is the deal, and where I need some ideas and advice.
My baby gets up around 6 am and goes to bed around 6 pm, with two naps that equals about 8.5 hours of time I need to be intentional with her education and development. The problem is that, by her first nap we have exhausted my entire bag of tricks. We have read, we have eaten, we have played, we have listened to music, we have practiced walking, we have played with momma’s iPhone, we have played on the computer, we have jumped in the jumper and played in the exersaucer, we have looked out the window and watched all the delivery trucks roll into the Village at Leesburg, we have done everything except watch TV, take a walk and take a bath because I am saving those for the afternoon. So my question for you is:
What do you do with your kid all day?
I feel so dumb asking this. I mean, I have a college degree and over a decade of professional experience in communications, yet I have exhausted my repertoire with my 9 month old by 9 am. And in most cases, she has not been that impressed.
I find myself wishing I had minored in early childhood development instead of political theory. Aristotle, John Locke and Machiavelli didn’t give me much to go on when it comes to leading my kid!
I am calling on you: seasoned parents, grandparents, caregivers, nannies and all of you out there who can channel your inner Mary Poppins and teach me how to awaken my own. I need some ideas here!
I am not looking so much for philosophy stuff, I want practical activities you do with your kids. Any sample routines would also be welcome.
And if you can recommend any books, websites or other resources that would also be great. Please don’t tell me babycenter.com, what to expect and other main stream sites, I have found those unhelpful. I am looking for something intentional, fun and educational. Does that even exist? Please enlighten me!