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Focusing On Baby

Since Fern has been born, I’ve basically been banished to the couch with all the breast feeding and pumping I’ve been doing.  During that time I’ve become a master at finding distractions.  Usually these distractions involve puttering on my iPhone or doing some one-handed blogging.

While these things aren’t “bad” in and of themselves, I’ve also been realizing that they’re keeping me from giving Fern my focused attention.

Read more after the jump…

Up until recently Fern wasn’t being very interactive, so I felt kind of stupid talking to her – it seemed kind of like talking to a dog, which also feels weird to me.  I know this is ridiculous, because obviously she can still hear me and it’s important for me to communicate with her so she’ll begin developing language.  Even so, it still felt weird.

But, recently Fern’s been becoming a little more interactive and I’ve realized that it’s important for me to make sure I’m giving her my full attention.  So, the other day we spent the afternoon lying on the floor on her play mat, singing songs and playing with her ball and she even learned to grab it and swing it around!  It was so cool to see her learning how to do something new!

I guess I’ll have to save blogging and puttering for nap times, but it’s well worth it.

 

•Lauren Hartmann is the founder of The Little Things We Do, a blog about life and adventures in Portland Oregon. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook, or catch up on all of her posts here on Babble.

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