- If your kid does something cute you think you have even the slightest desire to have a photo of, get your camera out immediately and start snapping. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen her do something and thought “oh, she’ll only do it that one time” then she does it over and over again and by the time I’ve got the camera out I’ve missed the opportunity. Will you get caught out with you camera and no photo quite often? yes, you will, BUT you are so much less likely to capture just the ends of fun moments, or worse, nothing at all.
2. Know when to put the camera (and phone) down so that you are a part of the moment and not just the photographer. Even at five months old Violet lets me know when I’m not paying her enough attention. I’m a bad one for multi-tasking and not fully engaging, so I’ve begun to make a conscious effort to look at my phone less. Yes I know that this is a no-brainer, but it is seriously difficult to “unplug” though totally worth it. You will still see me with my phone (I’m not perfect), but I’m making the effort and it will take some time for this to become my new normal.
3. My baby will indeed fall asleep in someone else’s arms if she cannot see me…Ok, so Vi has this thing where she really likes to nurse to sleep and then wake up at the first thought that I might be about to put her down. This makes naps difficult because I have to sit with her until she wakes up which could be in fifteen minutes or four hours (the four hour naps are during growth spurts and mental leaps, she doesn’t typically nap longer than two hours). we have had success with Kieran or my Mama rocking her to sleep and laying her down which has been amazing, but she wakes up not long after. We are working on it and I know with consistency we will prevail!…I hope…
4. Bandana style bibs are the bomb dot com for teething drool. They catch the drool and are typically a bit more snug around the neck to keep their little necks and chests dry.
5. Once you start solids you must always have some with you when you leave the house. Now, I know this won’t necessarily be true for your baby, but it is for mine. We decided to go out to eat spur of the moment and had Violet with us and all she could see for miles were people eating food and she wanted to join in. She pitched a fit with tears involved. I’ve learned my lesson, I will always (when I remember) have some sort of food that she can join in with so she doesn’t feel left out.
Well, there you go, five things I’ve learned so far. This list is ever growing with no end in site, so I’ll be back with more another day. I hope you have a great weekend!