Wednesday, February 25, 2009

I've been babysitting 3 mornings a week for the past year and a half. I can't believe it's been that long! I get to their house by 7 and am home by 10:30. It's been really great for the extra money and for Henry to be able to play with them, and they're really great kids too. However, my schedule changed and now I'm just going there on Mondays for a few hours, but not until mid-morning. I think I could get used to this! It will seem strange to have so many free mornings and I know Henry will have a hard time not going to his buddy's house. Every time we get in the car, he says that's where he wants to go. What I'm enjoying most about this new schedule is that Henry is able to sleep in. He was up early yesterday, but other than that he's been sleeping until 8:00. He's maybe done that a few other times the last 2 years, but he's been doing it since last Friday!! He's an early riser, my boy. I've never experienced time in the mornings to myself, (just like most of you other moms, I'm sure!) and it's been so nice. To be able to relax before the day starts....ahhhhh....lovely. I know this is all about to change in 3 weeks but it's sure a nice treat for now. Henry must know how much I need a little more sleep.

I haven't done much baby reading this pregnancy until this past week. I got out my favorite, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. It's written by an English nanny, so that alone makes it entertaining. It's got a lot of good ideas on routines, sleeping, etc, yet has a pretty laid back and flexible approach. One of the most interesting parts of the book for me is that she goes over different personalities babies have and then advice on how to work with them. I didn't follow it exactly, but got lots of good ideas and I always like to have something to refer to when I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm hoping to try some of her techniques in the sleeping area more than I did with Henry since that was his worst skill, but maybe she'll just be a better sleeper in general and I won't have to worry about it?? Stop laughing, please. :)

So I'm a little embarassed to admit this, but Henry painted for the first time this week and loved it. If you sign up with, they email you 40% off coupons that you can print off and use throughout the week (then you don't have to worry about getting the Sunday paper) so I'm going to gradually stock up on fun crafts. I also learned that he loves stickers. So fun! And just in time to keep him busy with something while I'm taking care of baby.

Hope you all enjoy this lovely day!


Emily said...

I have that book too - it has some good info in it. I am the type of person that likes to find a solution to EVERYTHING so sometimes reading stuff like that can backfire for me though, because if my baby doesn't sleep like they are supposed to etc. then I get so dang upset! Or, I like how they suggest doing the eat, play, sleep cycle but sometimes you just can't do that - or the baby won't! It's hard, and then you stress yourself out over it. Ugh, being a mommy is so tough sometimes.

peter marie said...

True. I totally know what you mean. It did stress me out sometimes when Henry wasn't doing things like the book said. It makes it sound so easy!


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