I was excited to take the entire two months off to spend with Baby Pancakes instead of working. It was definitely a blessing to be able to do this. It was also really difficult work. It didn’t begin the way I wanted tit too but in the end…it was exactly the way I wanted it…filled with lots of fun and adventurous activities.
We probably went to every single park in and around the neighborhood. Went to the beach several times. Went to the museum and Sesame Park. We went “outside” (in Baby Pancakes’ voice) a million times. He learned many news words. He played and played. He is a wonderful athlete….which means he is physical. It was generally a wonderful summer.
What I learned was that I am no where ready to be a stay-at-home mother. I enjoyed the no schedule and being able to wake up
whenever when Baby Pancakes wanted to wake up but i wasn’t prepared for the fact that the day had to be planned jammed packed with activities. Baby Pancakes couldn’t go a second of unstructured activity because she becomes bored and when boredom hits, he wants to be all over the place and my poor nerves just wasn’t prepared for that.
I also realized i don’t have the patience to deal with all the whinning that my two year-old has started to do. He went on a playdate with a family friend…a little girl…and ever since he’s been extra whinny (i know it’s also the stage he’s had) always making statements like “mine, mine”. My Baby Pancakes never uttered those words (he acted like everything was his) before and now he won’t stop. Even the food i put in my mouth while we are sharing a snack is “mine, mine”.
I think as an individual it’s good to know your limitations especially as a parent/mother.