Hi Twana, and can I say welcome even if I am new too? Congrats on your first little one.
Glad to meet you. I am 33 with my first so grateful and tuckered out most days and wonder how people do it. I am so very grateful for when nap time comes that I almost feel guilty about it. I have been reading the posts and reading as many books as I can on things people do in situations like this (when and if I have time). I've got to be honest, I have joined this forum especially since I feel overextended a lot and out of ideas. I don't want to change co-sleeping and sole breastfeeding but I get tired at times. Have not done much for myself in terms of exercise and health so I need to change this as a priority. My son is wonderfully curious, very active and persistently feisty so I need to be imaginative and on the ground a lot with him. He walks now and is fast. I saw posts of how people break down their day... helpful so if you want I can do that too next time I log on. His concentration time is improving so we can colour for about five minutes at a time. He puts everything in his mouth so that gets hard sometimes. We go for a walk everyday with a carrier but he is getting heavy now. We push those plastic carts around the living room making car sounds, stack blocks, fill a suitcase and lock and unlock it a million times. We try to read and get through one book before starting another but he always starts a new one before the end. He likes to put things on his shelves in the kitchen. He loves playing with the radio and dancing so that is a good activity. I watch Caillou on youtube with him while he tandemly plays on the ground. I avoid internet but you got to do what you got to do! I love being an at home momma but it is challenging some days. I try to remind myself to laugh and be fun. He loves to say no and has a strong character so I have to remain patient. I force myself to go to drop-in free local community play areas for him to play by other children and I will try to take him swimming soon. We move a lot for my husband's work so I don't have a social group around me which means I need to create my own often. This forum and skyping my family and friends are helpful to make sure I am doing the right thing.
Edited by Momma Michael - 2/7/13 at 2:12pm