3. Communicate. Endlessly. One of the things that I’ve learned, especially recently, is that you can never communicate enough. You might think I’d equate my event planner lesson with communicating with AJ… and of course I need to, but I also find that the more I’m talking to Drew the happier he is. He’s getting used to my (our!) voices and, I hope, learning things. For example, whenever I’m blow drying my hair I’m talking to him and telling him “Drew, this blow dryer is pink… Drew, this straightener is purple.” 🙂
5. Know your limits. I’ll be the first one to admit that when I have a long weekend of events (ex: Homecoming) I know I’m going to have a nervous breakdown in the middle of it because of the stress of the events and because of lack of sleep. It’s sort of the same thing with raising Drew… I knew before having him that I would have mini nervous breakdowns, mostly because of the lack of sleep and because parenting is soooo CONSTANT. I know that I can’t be “on” with him 100% of the day… I plan specific times for just me. Like this morning, I took him out in the baby jogger because I knew he’d sleep and because I needed that for me to feel more like “me”. Or take right now, for example, AJ just took Drew out for a walk so I have the whole house to myself (except for these VERY loud chicks right next to me).
6. Be adventurous. I’m not too scared when it comes to planning a new kind of event, I feel like I have the tools to succeed at it and if I don’t I’m not too proud to ask for help (which I often have to do). AJ and I want to raise Drew in a manner similar to this, we want him to not be scared to do things or go places. We bring him practically everywhere with us. We want him to be accustomed to seeing new things and being with new people (obviously we have healthy limits here, he’s not going to the house we are flipping where wall board is flying off and he’s not going to sit with some creepy stranger).
Those are the lessons I’ve put into practice so far… it’s been a fun ride over these past four months. He’s such good baby but my friend Nancy put it wisely when she said it’s so constant. Every parent knows it’s a 24-7 job and sometimes my event planner rules just don’t cut it… but for the most part they are working out pretty well. 🙂