Wow, this is officially the first blog I've written while simultaneously taking care of a 4-month-old baby! Luckily, the baby is my super adorable nephew whom I'm helping out with this week in Seattle Washington. It really does take a village. This is only my first day of doing so, but it seems fairly chill for the most part (so far...we shall see what it's like after a week). Also luckily, I don't have too much I need to do besides write this blog and put out a video on Thursday (that's right folks, I'm doing video Thursday's now, so go check out the videos page). Currently, my nephew is playing with his fingers, listening to Lisa Loeb and swinging in a chair, so I have a bit of time to write. It's a bit of a challenge as well because of the fact his parents don't want him to look at any electronic screens. I feel that though! A lot of kids these days are hooked on iPhones and Ipads, and while I admit it may keep them tranquility quiet, in the long run, they'll probably end up like us when they get older. Anywhoooo, hopefully, I will learn a lot this week, but it's a little intimidating taking care of such a tiny thing! How do I know I won't mess up??
I know I say this all the time, but life is truly crazy. It amazes me whenever I sit down and really think about it all in retrospect. How do we manage to get through all the things we do? How do we manage to accomplish it all? This is especially mindblowing if you think back to times before we had all the resources we have today. Back in the 1800s or so, people literally started cooking dinner at 6 am (don't quote me, but I'm sure some of the processes had to start at the crack of dawn)! I'm sure they were tired most of the time, and many of us today couldn't imagine doing such a thing, but back then, they literally had to do what they had to do. What other choice did they have? Nothing was instant, so if they didn't prepare food the way they did, they didn't eat.
Thinking about certain things without actually doing them can seem overwhelming depending on what it is. Sometimes I'll wake up in the morning with lots of things to do that day and just get tired thinking about it all...what is that?? We tend to build up the difficulty of a task in our heads to a much higher level than the task actually may be. Sometimes we may think we can't do something at all. In times like those, my advice is to just do it! Nike said it best, and it's such a simple phrase, but definitely helps in those times where you may need a slight push. I never really learned how to swim FULLY (I mean, I can float and swim underwater, sorta, from point A to point B, if push came to shove), but I heard that the best way to overcome fears about sinking is to just jump right on into the deep end and hope for the best. You usually do this when you are young, but most of the time, a person will discover that their bodies actually figure it out on their own, and then you're swimmin!
Usually, whenever I get near a baby, I'm scared to even touch them. They are so fragile! What if they start crying? What if they slip out of my hands? Talking to my sister about motherhood, as she is a first time mother, I was telling her I know nothing about taking care of babies...New York doesn't have babies! She told me that she didn't really know either! You get all the information you possibly can and then you figure the rest of it out as you go along. The thing is though, once the baby comes out of the womb, there's really nothing you CAN do but figure it out. Can't put him back in there! This is how everyday people accomplish all sorts of fetes, tests of strength, get over emotional rough patches, figure out solutions to impossible problems, and raise tiny little babies to be world leaders and geniuses. They just have to do it!
Taking care of a baby is nothing to be taken lightly, at the same time, it's nothing to fear! Most of the instincts just kick in, you really do just have to dive in with both feet. You never know what you are capable of until you try. All that being said, let's chat after this week is over! I'm sure I will have some new discoveries and insight. Perhaps nephew and family will make a guest appearance in my Thursday video! You will have to stay tuned to find out. For the time being, he's sleeping and looking really cute, so that will give me time to publish this post and get a few Instagram scrolls in. Do any of my readers have kids? Any first time mothers? What has been your experience taking care of a baby?
P.s. Low key, there is an untapped market for quality baby music...I might need to get on that train!
P.p.s. I'm glad this blog (and my Thursday video) are the only real business things I have to do this week. It's hard to get stuff done when he's awake.
P.p.p.s. I should probably write a children's book too! The ideas are flowing...