I am always looking for things to do with Daniela. As a parent and small business owner making time for my daughter is a priority. It is also a challenge because I always want to spend even more time with her.
These past few weeks Lucy (my other half) takes our dog Juanga for a walk in the morning. Our daughter wakes up searching for mom wanting to be breastfed. If mom is not near, she will start crying and it is my job to get her focused on something else.
Getting her Busy
I usually offer her water and ask a few other routine questions. If I see she does not want anything I offer, then I try to get her entertained on something else.
Recently I moved some family pictures to sync with my new iPhone 5. When my daughter could not stop crying, I had my phone and decided to show our daughter some of the pictures we took on our last vacation before she was born.
When I started showing her the pictures, those of mom and dad captivated her attention, especially the ones when she was in mom’s belly. When I think of that picture it is part of capturing her story.
Pop Quiz on her Progress
While watching the pictures I was able to catch the good memory she has when it comes to identifying objects, characters (Disney), and family members.
I was able to capture how she is mixing words and understanding nouns and verbs.
Since I have not been near any other toddlers, I can’t compare my daughter’s milestones to others (I don’t think I would anyway). Everyday I am impressed by how much she is learning.
Next time she is a bit un-relaxed, I think I will repeat the exercise to show her old pictures and make it an opportunity for her to know a bit of what happened in the past via images.
My only wish is that someday she will be doing the same with my grandkids.