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October 6, 2011

Has it really been three weeks since I last blogged?

Filed under: Motherhood, Personal — Tags: , , — llcall @ 6:49 pm

That’s a long time . . .

I do miss it, but I’m honestly having a hard time figuring out how it fits into my new life.  You know, the one where I’m chasing a toddler around 8 hours a day instead of sitting at a computer.  The one where I feel like I’m going to DIE every. single. day.  (I wish I was joking about that.)  I’ve got all these contemplative posts floating around in my head, but by the time I sit/lay down for the day, there isn’t even a will to type a brief comment on a friend’s blog, let alone write some lengthy post on here.

This transition feels at least as dramatic as going from no kids to one.  No more babysitting from our wonderful Provo babysitter.  No more switching off with Neal every couple of hours.  Now I’ve got to figure out long stretches of time, just me and the munchkin.  Somehow I’ve got to get her out of the house so she doesn’t go crazy . . . and me in the house so I don’t die.  Do these goals seem diametrically opposed?  Well, I’m sure someone out there can solve my dilemma (I still want to spell it dilemna)!  How do you keep an ENERGETIC toddler (read: she won’t watch TV/movies for more than two seconds and she’s barely starting to sit through a book at a time) entertained?  Shoot me your best ideas (who am I kidding? I’ll take mediocre, outlandish, even outright bad ideas!).

I’ll be at my brother and sister-in-law’s house for five days with limited internet access, so I look forward to the illumination I’ll find when I get back in town.  Ready, go!

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5 Comments »

  1. Sensory activities (finger painting, rice, dirt, sand, water tables)? Does she like to play outside? Is the yard fenced so you could sit and read while she runs around? How about an easy pet like a turtle?
    And is there any kind of respite care for you (grandparents, relatives)? I don’t want you to die!

    Comment by kei02003 — October 6, 2011 @ 7:01 pm

  2. Yes, please, don’t die. I’m really sorry you feel like you will though. I follow this fun blog that has all sorts of fun frugal crafts. I know she’s still little, but they might spark something
    http://www.frugalfamilyfunblog.com/. She’s in a tough age. Not quite old enough, but just a little too old. Nathan and I would love to come play twice a week – but I don’t think it’s in my gas budget 😉 Looking forward to seeing you guys this weekend.

    Comment by enelo — October 6, 2011 @ 7:53 pm

  3. I think it was about this age when Benjamin started pretend driving all the time. I just let him loose in the drivers seat while I chilled on the passenger side. He pulled everything, pushed everything, climbed up and down and I could just SIT. Works in all weather (well, mostly). He’s 3 now and still asks to pretend drive. Except now he’s picky and wants the car ON. ha.

    Also, be outside as much as you can. Nature has all kinds of toys (rocks, grass, leaves, dirt) that you don’t have to tidy up into a bin when you’re done.

    Something with lots of buttons? We have a Leapfrog Alphapet Explorer I found for cheap. Lots of buttons, lots of modes.

    It gets better!

    Comment by Alysa Stewart — October 6, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  4. Don’t die! Don’t die! Adjusting is always difficult, especially with a child. But I think even writing this blog post is a good indication that you are trying to adjust gracefully, so that’s something!

    My biggest issue is getting Felicity to nap, so I encourage my babysitter’s to take her outside and do active things with her while I’m in class. It’s too hard for me to try to fit it in! When Derrick wakes up too late to go to the gym, I’ve had him take her outside in the mornings to play a short game of ball before he goes to work. I’ve recently started building a cave/fort in the front area of our apartment for her so she can go under the blanket and read and play (It’s worked well). You could collect the boxes from your move and let Addison stack them, or do whatever kids do with them. Maybe a mini-trampoline or a splash pool? If she likes baths, there’s no crime in putting her in there in the middle of the day, even for longer periods of time. I’ve done that with felicity when I’ve had some reading I seriously had to get done. I just move my reading into the bathroom with me (obviously).

    Love you and I know you’ll be able to work this all out. Depend on people who have more energy than you to give Addison the breaks she and you need so desperately! She might not be able to get out all day, but even just a little bit will help.

    Comment by Jen — October 6, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

  5. Southern Ca has some awesome stuff to do, I used to take Owen to the Huntington Gardens (splendid Childrens garden) and the LA Arboretum on their free days. Even the Cal State Fullerton Arboretum is fun. I tend to get bored at normal neighborhood parks but really enjoy gardens and parks that are more creative than the average park. Both Cerritos and Santa Fe Springs have fabulous Heritage parks. I also think fostering independent play and alone time for the kid is important. They don’t need constant entertainment or your constant attention (so long you are around and she is in a safe enviroment). Right now my kids are drawing in salt on a plate and leaving me blissfully alone. It gets easier I promise!

    Comment by fawnjenee — December 19, 2011 @ 9:06 pm


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