|Enjoying her Globe & Mail, courtesy of our out-of-town neighbour|
That said, there are a few things that we totally said we would do as parents, that we didn't end up doing.
* Baby Sign - Epic fail on this one. We had big plans to teach her a bazillion signs so that she could communicate with us. She still manages to make her wishes known, but she knows a total of zero signs at this point, because Hubbs knows zero signs and I only know like 5 of them, which I constantly forget to use. Hopefully she learns to speak soon, so that we don't feel so bad about limiting her ability to communicate with us through sign.
* Sleep Training - As you know, we tried. We really did. But since crying it out in any form, even the mild "gentle" versions, is out of the question, we couldn't follow through on the prescribed approaches. She sleeps with us, she nurses to sleep, I nap with her...we still do all of those things. And her naps are still a little haphazard, particularly now that she's hit her 12-month regression.
* Baby Playgroups - We always wanted her to be exposed to other babies, to develop her social skills and her immunity. Unfortunately, in order for her to go, we need to go, too, and this just hasn't happened due to a billion and one other things that have come up as priorities. She has gone a couple of times to play beside other babies, but nothing regularly-scheduled, and certainly nothing that would result in her having a bunch of toddler buddies. I am working on changing this, but it might take a little while. I mean, if I have to go with her, and her socializing means my socializing, I also have to like the people with whom I am developing relationships. Trickier than you think, peeps; turns out, I don't really like people all that much! ;)
* Church Nursery - Oh my word, we had dreams to drop her off on Sunday mornings and enjoy a sermon. We really did! But she isn't fond of being apart from me, a side-effect of Attachment Parenting. And playing with a bunch of kids she has never seen before, with strange adults watching her instead of Momma - that's just too much for Baby L to take. So she hasn't been in the Church nursery for a full service even once, and now she's a year old.
* Baby Music Classes - Again, good intentions that never materialized. Those first few months were rough and unpredictable/unmanageable, so I didn't even bother. Now that she's more into a routine (sort of), and curious about her surroundings, it would seem like a more opportune time to get involved and hone her love of music (which we already know she has). Unfortunately, the classes I was considering began right as we were leaving for Hawaii, and to pay all that $ for half of the classes seemed a bit silly. Plus, we still have an active travel schedule, so I'm thinking that we won't be able to join a class until the fall or summer at the earliest.
* Baby Swimming Classes - See above.
* All-Organic Diet - When Baby L began eating solids, we were pretty vigilant about the kinds of foods she was putting in her mouth. We watched her sodium and fat (still do), and made sure most of her food was certified organic. Unfortunately, as she got older we realized how difficult this was to do, especially at restaurants and while traveling. We also don't always eat organic or shop at Whole Foods, so Baby L would often end up eating what we eat! She doesn't seem to suffer for it though; she is still on the WHO height-weight curve and strong and energetic.
Anyway, though we didn't end up doing any of these things, I don't spend much time sitting around in regret. There's plenty of time for classes, lots of other opportunities to learn and to socialize, and as my friend recently reminded me, "Babies don't keep." I should really enjoy my solidly-attached little co-sleeping nursling while I can, because if I blink too quickly, it will be 2017 and she will be in school!