Parenting isn’t easy. Obviously I knew that before we had Catherine, but there are so many things we take for granted as adults because we’ve known them for so long that it’s just second nature for us. We forget that at some point, we had to learn these things.
So, we’ve started teaching Catherine some of the important things in life and I wanted to share a few of them with you.
- It is physically impossible for us to hold her 24/7. She’s starting to pack on the pounds and she gets heavy after a while. Plus, there are some things that you can’t do while holding a baby… like efficiently cook dinner. She’s still not happy with learning this particular lesson.
- She needs to enjoy eating her toes while she can. We’re trying to teach her that it’s not socially acceptable in our culture to eat one’s toes. Although she’s SO cute when she does it that we’re being lenient on this one.
- Being on her changing table is one of her favorite things. I don’t know if it’s the contour of the changing pad or because it’s next to a window, or something else entirely, but she loves that spot! Except for when it’s time to change her clothes. I’ve been trying to tell her that while it’s really cute for babies to not wear clothes from time to time, again, it’s socially unacceptable for this to continue as she gets older!
- Most importantly, I started to teach her Cadence Count this weekend. Her eyes light up and she gets this huge grin on her face as I count and spell out C-L-E-M-S-O-N T-I-G-E-RRRRR-S! Clearly she’s going to learn that one quickly.
And just to dispel any misconceptions that she’s a happy baby all the time, I had to include the image on the left.
I’m pretty sure she was tired and wanting to be held at this point. Don’t worry, I’m sure a nap quickly followed me taking the photo!