Don't wake the baby!! My husband and I are constantly whispering. We whisper so much while Zazu is sleeping that we find ourselves whispering loudly to each other when she's awake. We just don't want to wake the baby!! We bust out laughing every time we catch ourselves, but we rarely catch ourselves in the act. I think after our conversations, was I whispering that whole time? Can you imagine being a fly on the way for that!! Our child is loudly playing and yelling at us then you see the parents whispering to each other. Loud whispers at that!!
We've done it so much Zazu has started to whisper. She does loud whispering sounds to people because she thinks that's just how you talk sometimes! Sometimes you whisper loudly and other times you just talk. Or yell in her case!
We are overly dramatic parents I admit. We just really really want to keep Zazu asleep as long as we can. She has the most energy of any kid I've ever seen. I'm really not inflating her level of energy. She is truly a marvel. I think this is why she tends to sleep through the night. She uses every last bit of her energy in the day jumping around and literally running into stuff that her body just needs 14 hours of sleep. She can and has jumped herself to sleep. After she's run herself ragged we hold on to the little alone time we may get. We still haven't gone on a one on one date or actually been alone together with out her but we take advantage of nap time and bed time.
I used to think movies were exaggerating when the parents put the baby down for bed, turned the lights low, popped some pop corn, turned on the movie and went to sleep! Nope that's how it happens! It's sooo accurate!! I just want to watch a movie but our daughter wore us out. That little bit of alone time yielded an amazing "wipe the slobber off your cheek, was I really asleep?" Mama/ daddy nap. You just don't think that will be you before becoming a parent. My, my all the things I said I wouldn't do. So naive haha.
The mimicking stage is upon us! When I think back a bit, it slowly crept up in little cute ways without my noticing. At first it was during a conversation with my mother, in which I mentioned JLO, zazu copies me. "JLO baba blah blah mama Dee ". My moms says "oh wow, you better watch what you say now." I really didn't heed her warning nor truly understand what she meant.
"It takes a village to raise a child. "
The old African proverb is true. It does take a community of people coming together to provide advice, support and keep a child down the right path. However, you don't NEED a village to raise a child. My village is a collective of quite a few strong, intelligent, and highly opinionated individuals that want nothing less than the best for my child. That being said, there are times when the village is wrong. Wrong how?I don't mean wrong in the sense that the advice incorrect. I mean wrong for my family or possibly outdated advice from village elders...We all have the village idiot but for the sake of staying on topic I will save that for another blog.
why no one kisses my baby
My husband and I made a decision long before I was pregnant that if we ever had children no one, including us, would be kissing our child on the lips.
Guilt from not playing with my daughter 24/7...
I'm tired. Like really tired sometimes. I feel incredibly guilty for the moments I set my daughter down, close my eyes and take a breather.
My parents weren't abusive. It's sad I have to start off with that. Seriously they weren't. But I grew up in a large family were it was a spanking free for all: up to any old bodies discretion on whether my attitude or behavior was spanking worthy. Most of the time something is woopin' worthy to someone. So you can imagine I got it from someone quite often. Side note does your family say woopin', beatin', spankin' ? Is this a southern thing?