Benefits of Babyschool

Today marks one year to the date I returned to work following my 12-week maternity leave. My, how time flies …

Whenever I have second thoughts about sending Maya to babyschool (which is often, as I miss my peanut enormously …), I think of all the creative things they are doing with her that I just wouldn’t even think of doing. It pains to me say it, but for as much as I’m a writer, I’m otherwise not a very creative person. And her teachers — all early childhood education college or grad students (or former teachers, etc.) are serving as amazing examples for me. Continue reading “Benefits of Babyschool”

(Belated) Musings on 14 Months of Maya

Note: Maya turned 14 months on the February 18, but I haven’t been good about blogging so this post is long overdue … forgive me!

I know I’ve said every stage before this has been “the best” but truly this newest stage — 14 months — is “the best” — I love watching her “organize” her toys and books, “clean” (she is obsessed with Swiffing/Swiffering(?)) and figure her toys out — which shapes fit in which objects, stacking blocks instead of just knocking them over.

Thanks to school teaching her baby sign, she signs for “milk” and “all done”, and does the “diaper” sign on command — though we haven’t noticed her doing it otherwise. Continue reading “(Belated) Musings on 14 Months of Maya”

“Read to me”

As soon as I starting earning an allowance, all of my money went towards books.

At the time, I was obsessed with four book series: The Babysitters Club, Boxcar Children, Nancy Drew and Sweet Valley High. I’d plow through them quicker than my parents could get me to Annie’s Book Store (our local book shop) and would often choose getting lost in a book over anything else. I can remember my mom calling up to me that it was dinner-time and — even with all my love of food — sometimes it would take me a while to get to the kitchen, I was so enamored with a book. Continue reading ““Read to me””

“When I’m Wrong, I Say I’m Wrong.”

Besides “Nobody puts Baby in the corner,” the title of this post is my other favorite line from Dirty Dancing.

Lately, I’ve realized that I have made a couple mommy mistakes — mostly to the tune of pushing Maya when she isn’t ready to be pushed.

Allow me to explain … Continue reading ““When I’m Wrong, I Say I’m Wrong.””

Don’t Compare … Um, OK … But Then What?!

Everyone says not to compare your child to other kids; all kids develop differently physically and intellectually and emotionally.

Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Rationally, I know this. But putting it into practice isn’t so easy. Continue reading “Don’t Compare … Um, OK … But Then What?!