It’s almost ten weeks since Milne arrived and and without a doubt they have been the most wonderful ten weeks. Every day she is changing – getting bigger, longer, more curious and more alert. It is an amazing privilege to be able to watch her develop and grow so quickly.
However, a lot has changed in the past ten weeks which I really wasn’t prepared for. It’s not the big things that have really changed but the little every day bits and pieces I was so used to doing on my own; taking the bin out ( to do this Milne needs to come down two flights of stairs and out to our bin store), going for a long shower – Milne now has a little bouncy seat which I position just outside the (open) bathroom door so I can see her while showering. ‘Nipping’ to Tesco is a past activity. Now it means taking the time to strap Milne to me and taking a change of clothes, nappies and wipes.
There are hundreds of little things that I have modified so I can do them while caring for a baby. Although it can be sometimes frustrating, learning to get on with day to day life with her has been wonderful – and everything is so much lovelier with her by my side. Here are some of my favourite activities to do with her.
Walking: I use my Ergo Baby carrier to make walking with Milne easy – we can literally walk for miles and miles while she snoozes on my chest. She’s happy and I’m happy. We usually stop somewhere for a hot drink and so I can breastfeed!
Reading: There is nothing I love more than curling up on the sofa with her and reading aloud- at this age I can read any book I want to her, but I have loved re-reading my old favourites. We have also been a long to Book Bug at my local library where we are learning rhymes and reading books with a few dance moves!
Dancing: A few weeks ago I discovered how much Milne likes to watch me dance- I have been putting on fast music and doing silly dances in front of her- she seems to love this and so do I. We can also dance together along to nursery rhymes.