X has her first long 6 weeks December holiday this year. Before the start of this holiday, I was alone with the baby in the whole afternoon everyday. I could take a nap, the baby had peaceful sleep and I was free to do my things as and when the baby is sleeping.
Then start the holiday, I wanted XX to enjoy her holiday and that means I have to sacrifice my sleep, make some adjustments and accept that my peaceful routine with the baby has to take a backseat.
She has to make sure her start of the day routine like brush teeth, breakfast and piano practice is done before she can start her play time. Her iphone game time is limited to 1 hour a day or at most 2 hours. The time-table is kinda flexible to some extent. I am fine with that as long as she accomplished the piano practice and reading part. Other than playing on her own, I scheduled some activities like making jelly, art and craft, bringing her to the library, outdoor play, cycling, and included her in the cooking preparation too. I had even played a game of monopoly with her while breastfeeding the baby and putting the baby to sleep.
Since the baby is so young, we could not have any overseas holiday this year. The kids are understanding on this part and appreciate that they have a baby for company instead. Since XX is at home everyday with me, she is my good little helper, handling the baby’s cries as and when I am busy around the house. She is very hands-on and loves to help in changing diapers, The baby’s arrival is really timely as both the baby and I are at home to accompany XX for this long long holiday. Otherwise, I would have been at work and like most mums, using the phone as a “remote control” to “control” my child’s activities at home (meaning to call home to check on what XX is doing everyday while I am not around).
Till then, let her enjoy her holidays now 🙂