Today was ROUGH.
My 14 month old was pretty cranky and fussy pretty much the entire day. He didn’t nap until 3:30 in the afternoon, and even then, it was only for about an hour! He’s busy and active, and in to everything, so it’s hard to get chores done around the house while he’s awake because he wants to “help” i.e pull things out of the laundry basket after I’ve already folded them, close the door to the dishwasher while I’m still loading it, dump the dog’s food and water bowls over, you get the picture.
But, as I sit here writing this, I’m watching him on the baby monitor and thinking back on our day. He’s been in bed for almost 3 hours. *PRAISE HANDS* I’m grateful he wants to help mommy in his own little way. Was he really fussy all day? No, not literally, it just seemed that way. When he was happy, and we were playing in his playroom, I was teaching him shapes. He can say “circle” now! That causes me to reflect back on all he’s learned. He is so smart, and he learns so much every day. He never ceases to amaze me. He knows some sign language-he’s able to tell me when he wants more, and when he’s all done. He knows what sound a cat, dog, truck, and rooster make. He knows what “ball” and “car” are, can say the words, and can bring me those toys when I ask. He’s getting more teeth, and his current favorite past time is climbing on things he shouldn’t and standing on them. So, what does all of this mean? Well, while he is smart, and toddler-like, he’s still very much a baby. He can’t tell me why he’s fussy and upset, but he is LEARNING new words, new skills, constantly, and I’m sure that is stressing his little body and brain out. I say all that to say this-I need to give myself and him a break for acting the way we did today. And, if you’re in the same boat, keep these thoughts in mind and remember tomorrow is a fresh start!
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I’m already a stay at home mom but was curious to read this and see if I could implement anything new I wasn’t aware of. While I did not learn anything new, it was still a well thought out book chock full of tips and resources. The only issue I have with it is the author makes her living blogging and uses that as one way a stay at home parent can make an income but I don’t find that to be realistic for the majority of parents. It could be possible, but it would be a stretch to have that become the sole source of income in a family.
What I liked most was the fact that even though this is a short book but packed with information, that while I did not find groundbreaking, for someone just starting out deciding to quit their job to stay home it would prove very helpful. The DIY household products and recipe chapters were great! The author approaches each tip in a friendly, caring way and I enjoyed reading it.
I received a copy of this book via Harper Collins BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review!