Self Entertainment

T is 7 months old today and has learned the art of self entertainment. This is brilliant news. His current favourite form of entertainment is to empty his toybox, flinging the contents in a large circle around him. We tidy up and put all the toys away, ready to repeat the process a few hours later. The best thing about this new skill is that we can actually do useful things, like wash up. Here’s a step-by-step guide to washing up with a self-entertaining baby.

Step 1 – Place baby on the floor next to his toy box. Make sure he’s happy and isn’t about to pull a large heavy toy onto his head before you leave him.

Step 2 – Make a cup of tea. While waiting for the kettle to boil, do those little jobs you never got to finish earlier, like clearing porridge off the kitchen floor.

Step 3 – Sit down and drink a hot cup of tea, without fear of scalding the little one. Catch up on Facebook while you sip your tea.

Step 4 – Decide you should actually make the most of the peace and quiet, and run a sink full of hot soapy water.

Step 5 – Plunge your hands into hot soapy water just in time to hear a wail of boredom.

Step 6 – Find alternative means of keeping the baby happy while the washing up sits in a sink of lukewarm, greasy water.

This is a winner every time šŸ™‚

It’s also quite fascinating to see what they find interesting. They are discovering everything at this age, and want to know how everything works. T spent quite a while this morning opening and closing the door on the treadle sewing machine this morning. (It is fully functional, but currently functions as a budgie cage stand!) I was able to catch up on the accounts while he just opened and closed countless times.

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