What I Have Learned With a Baby in Tow

Processed with VSCOcam with m3 preset Processed with VSCOcam with t1 preset I have had the {AWESOME!!} opportunity to watch a friends’ one year-ish son for the past couple days, and I have five things that I wish to remember about my experience.  Hopefully, it will not undermine the fact that {actual} parents do this work every. day.

  1. Sleep.  I had some on Tuesday night.  I won’t get any zzz’s until Saturday night.  It’s so close………..yet, so far away………………………It’s one thing to lack sleep for finals week when I am not also responsible for somebody else’s life.  But being tired with a child on your hip or in the back seat of the car…it’s just really sobering and most certainly humbling to rely on God’s strength and grace and guidance for caring for little ones.
  2. Prayer: it’s the BEST.  It saves ya in a pinch and God gives wisdom to those who ask.  And there is nothing so precious as sitting in the presence of Jesus with a baby near you.  It changes things.  I don’t know how to describe it.  It just does.
  3. When a child can self-direct their play, it is refreshing to follow them as they explore the world around them.  Instilling a sense of creativity is now a must for me, for myself, and perhaps, Lord-willing, for my future children.  As I can recall, the last number of children I have been around (including this sweet one) has had this awesome creativity and ability to play without needing to be continually stimulated by light-up-musical-toys and adults shoving said toys into their face!  I am inspired!  (And please, I mean no judgement…it just changes the prospect of child-bearing/life-long-chronic-migraines for me…)  …OR…maybe this type of play is really a birth-given trait?  What do you think?  Is self-directed play more reliant on nature or nurture?  I’m sure it is a combination of each….?Processed with VSCOcam with t1 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset
  4. Libraries…….well…….it’s free [wholesome] entertainment, folks.  Processed with VSCOcam with x1 preset
  5. I brought the young one in to school with me this morning to deliver an assignment.  I stopped to chat with the professor of the biology class I was missing this morning (it was the day after a test…so don’t judge me!).  Anyways, she asked, “Are you going to come sit in the class??” and seemed all excited at the prospect of having the baby in class with us!  So, I mentioned I would jostle out to grab his bottle, then step into the back.  There was a perfect little chair sitting at the top of the lecture hall, in which we sat.  The babe was happy as can be, cooing and warbling…..even seemingly answering questions!!  lol  He wasn’t too interested in eating, after a bit, and with the dirty floor, and the people turning around to see who was ‘chattering’ in the back, I, I, IIIIIIII, had just had enough.  I began to realize that my college’s core value of becoming ‘life-long-learners’ was only partly being met.  I say that because parenthood is a major portion of life for the majority of adults in our country!  How in the world, can we be okay with our American educational systems which are not parent-friendly.  I am certainly not suggesting that all classrooms should allow children, for they can absolutely be a distraction for the other students, the teacher and the parent.  But, I do think that there should be a more efficient system for maintaining and aiding students-who-are-parents.  Maybe if the system was better, then there would be more students-who-are-parents, and that would complete the cycle by instilling in our culture the importance of caring for the family, as a whole, and for cultivating in ALL generations: habits of life-long-learning.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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