You might’ve noticed that my posts have went from every weekday in the morning, to four days in the morning, to three days in the morning, to now whenever I can get them up. This isn’t a permanent thing (I hope!) but rather just a reflection of how my summer has progressed.. from a good routine, to a routine slightly interrupted by travel, to getting home and trying to get a routine back, and finally to having no routine whatsoever and just trying to make it work.
My little one isn’t quite ready for just one nap a day yet, I don’t think, but she’s like at this in between stage where two naps is too many and one is too little. Therefore, night time is kinda crazy. Yesterday we woke up for the day at 10:30 because she woke up at 4:30am and went back to sleep at 8. I have no clue what’s going on, I’m just rolling with it. Seriously thank god I don’t have to work. And of course, remember that she doesn’t sleep alone, for naps OR night time, so it’s not like I’m doing anything productive during those times haha.
On top of that we’ve just been trying to get so much done on the house. Too much, probably. We had tree guys this week come and cut down two giant trees and trim a few others. They had so much machinery and for a few days our yard looked like a tornado passed through.. it’s CRAZY how they cut these things down. I had an emotional breakdown crying over the loss of one of my oak tree’s branches the other afternoon. I’m over it, because now I’m used to it, and I actually like it, but all this change at once is just too much. There is totally such a thing as too much change, even when you’re the one that initiated it.
So like, my house is changed, my routine is changed, and then I look at my baby and I’m all like WAHHH you’re changed too! She’s 13 months old and she’s starting to look like such a little girl I can’t even. She understands us, she’s talking, and she’s really starting to interact so much more like a toddler than I could’ve ever imagined. She’s not walking yet, but I’m totally ok with that 😉 All of this just makes me want to appreciate every moment even more than I usually do.
I want to read her more books. I want to make playtime more regular. I want to go on walks and go outside. I want to make bath time last longer and play with the dog more. I want to let her lead the day and learn from her. She’s growing before my eyes and time is going so fast. I want to take note of this special time; her as my only little one, not yet walking, not yet a toddler but no longer a baby. It’s a short but sweet span of time I think.
Whenever I’ve heard an older parent say what they wish they did more of with their kids, it’s play. Getting things done is NOT going to matter in years to come but the memories we make with our children will. Besides, play is how kids learn. This is one of the reasons I’m planning on unschooling, because I really believe in the importance of play, and I want my kid to enjoy being a kid. She’s showing me that she enjoys play more and more.. play time is now a part of the rotation when it comes to making sure your baby is happy (diaper, sleep, eat, play.. idk that was the rotation I always kept in mind when she was a newborn haha). I don’t want to be 50 years old sadly saying “it goes so fast…”, thinking back on how I should’ve spent my time differently. I want to be able to say “it goes so fast, but make the most of every moment, I sure did!”.. preferably with my daughter right there with me, because like, duh =)
So, sorry if blogging is weird over here for a little while. I’m going to be playing with my daughter (between random naps) and try to make the summer last longer than the blink of an eye. I’m thankful for all you fellow blogging mamas who give me great ideas for activities as my daughter gets older, and I love reading about all the fun things you’re doing with your littles this summer.
Have a great weekend!