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Around Town

10/24/2013

Belle

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!

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  1. October 24, 2013

    I was in that camp of “kids watch too much TV” before the quads arrived. Then, I realized the real challenges of caring for four infants, now “quaddlers” and realized a little TV is ok! I keep it to a minimum and only age appropriate stuff. Our pedi even said a hour or less per day is ok!

  2. October 24, 2013

    I am so anxious about moving back to the suburbs! I totally don’t want to!!!!! Even though I miss stars and grass and a lawn and a deck. But we don’t have the money to have the space we need here. 😦

  3. SRB #
    October 25, 2013

    This is so interesting. Yesterday I cried many tears because I missed the city so desperately and thought of all the things the boys will miss out on, how different they will be because of it. Life’s funny, eh?

    • October 25, 2013

      Life is funny. There are pros and cons to both lives for sure!

  4. Kathy #
    October 25, 2013

    Check if there are community gardens in your area for next year. It’s becoming a growing trend here in Canada. We have many in our community. You get a plot where you can grow whatever you like. The other gardeners are also likely to share their bounty with you !

  5. October 26, 2013

    I’ve not had much of a stance on TV/video for the little one, but it doesn’t really matter anyway, because he just won’t sit and watch. Just a few weeks ago, at around 13 months, he sat and watched a youtube video for just over 10minutes. Normally he’s done in 2-3 tops. OH well. 🙂 He does entertain himself quite a bit these days…so I do get a few minutes to just sit and sip tea.

    Enjoy!

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