Despite all my “I don’t have cable and think kids watch too much TV” talk before and during pregnancy… I now let my kid watch Baby Einstein on the laptop two or three times a week.
Turns out entertaining a baby every waking hour of her life can be hard. And sometimes… sometimes I just want to drink my coffee without baby talk. So we watch a free Baby Einstein video on You Tube while she sits in my lap and I sip coffee and let my mind wander to grown up things… like wearing a shirt (rare in the house these days), taking a shower (I won’t tell you how many days I went this week without washing my hair) and getting my feet rubbed during a pedicure.
Is this the end of the world that my baby stares at a screen for a little bit? Nope! Is she lagging developmentally because of this? Hardly! Will life go on and my kid love me and thrive even though Mama needs some quiet time with her coffee every few days? Absolutely!
And I eat my words again, or should I say drink my words. And this time they taste like hot pumpkin spice coffee from Trader Joe’s!
This morning we selected the Around Town video.
Sabine only enjoys 10-15 minutes of video right now and that is ok. But this particular video, well, it made me a little sad. The first part are words around your house and has pictures of traditional neighborhoods. It just really did not apply to Sabine. Suddenly I missed my old suburban life. I would be lying if I said I did not miss having a house – hearing your neighbor’s TV in the evenings is a little reminiscent of college. I miss walking up to MY front door. I miss having a deck and a yard. I miss my messy flower beds that stressed me out.
If we stay in the city like this long term, there are things Sabine just won’t experience. A vegetable garden where together we can watch our tomatoes die (I’m a lame gardener, but I try!), the lawn mower, her mom’s respirator because of her grass allergy (Ok, that might be a good thing to miss!), late nights sitting under the stars and grilling, stars in general, etc. After two months in the city there are MANY things I love, and a surprising number of things I miss. I guess time will tell where we settle long term. In the meantime, we will enjoy our shared walls, our tiny portable grill we haul to the park and never, ever having to mow a lawn!