13 October 2014, by Mandy Loh
Yes, it’s true, children are our little joys, but this post is not exactly about that.
It’s actually about life as a stay-home mom. To be honest, things can get pretty routine, mundane, and well…boring! The only thing that keeps me sane is treasuring the little joys that each day brings. And so, here’s a list of some of the little things that I give thanks for:
1) Angel Baby
I can hardly believe that Caris is now 8 months old! 2/3 of a year has already zoomed by, and as a stay-home mom, I have been able to enjoy every wonderful moment as this itty-bitty newborn:
blossomed into this chubby little cutie pie, weighing in on the 90th percentile, woohoo!
Caris has been such a joy and blessing to us, as she is truly an amazing angel baby. She hardly fusses or cries unless she’s really hungry or tired, or has a poopy diaper. Most of the time, she’ll sit or lie quietly, content to play with whatever toys are around her.
Thankfully, she does not have (or perhaps, has not developed) stranger anxiety, and would happily let anyone carry or babysit her. Which is a big relief for me when I sometimes need to leave her with our neighbour for short periods of time.
I used to think Cristan was an easy baby, but wow, Caris is even more chillax! I’m so blessed!
2) Sibling Love
Now that Caris is more responsive, it’s been really fun watching the two kiddos interact. I’m so glad that they love each other’s company so much! Every morning, Cristan would climb into Caris’ cot to talk and play with her. Some days if Cristan wakes up cranky, we just have to bring Caris to his bed and he would immediately perk up. It’s really heartwarming!
What I love the most about this, is that the two of them are able to entertain each other, which frees up small pockets of time for me to do my chores!
3) Baby Steps
I’m a little disappointed to report that baby-led weaning (BLW) has not been going too well with Caris. Back then, right from the get-go, Cristan would grab and stuff into his mouth, everything that was placed in front of him. It was the classic BLW success story. This time round is the polar opposite. The first time we put some broccoli in front of Caris, she just looked at them passively, then stared at me as if to ask, “so, what’s all this about?”
She has progressed to grabbing the food, squishing them with her little fingers and examining them intently. But still, hardly putting anything in her mouth. One time, she even decided that the wet wipe looked interesting enough to be gnawed, while the steamed carrot stick stayed firmly clasped in her fist.
A few days ago, she FINALLY put a tomato wedge in her mouth. HOORAY SUCCESS!!!
Alas, it turned out to be just a one-off fluke. She’s back to just holding onto the food in her hands. Oh well, I suppose I just have to celebrate the little successes and soldier on!