Every year, our local farm holds a harvest festival and has a big pumpkin patch. We pass the farm regularly on our way to the grocery store and can see the pumpkins growing in the field. Our anticipation of the harvest festival grows with each plump, pumpkin. Even though the weather has been anything but “fall-ish”, visiting the pumpkin patch really gets us in the mood for fall. Last year we were vacationing overseas, missing the harvest festival and essentially all of fall. I couldn’t wait to pick up the tradition again, this time with Amani!
When I was pregnant with Amani, she was quite a wiggly one. I learned early on that Baby’s activity level in the womb carries over into their behavior after they’re born. Sure enough, Amani was more active and alert than her older sisters. She didn’t enjoy being swaddled as it restricted her movement. Our baby wrap carrier wasn’t her favorite because it didn’t allow her to stretch, reach, or grab. She even rolled over early. I should have seen it coming during a tummy time session with her favorite Dumbo plush. There she was, at a mere four months, ready to start crawling!
Since Amani learned to roll over, she’s realized that if she pushes hard enough, she can work her way around the room. Once I set her down, she begins rolling over and and wiggling about. The problem is that she’s paired this exciting milestone with another — putting things in her mouth. Now when she reaches something in front of her, she immediately puts it into her mouth. The message is loud and clear: Time to baby proof!
I love being socially active. I get it from my Mama. I enjoy being involved at my daughters’ school, at our mosque, in Girl Scouts, and being out with friends. There’s so much to see, do, and be a part of in my community that it’s hard to stay at home and sit out on all the fun. Of course my priority is my family and home. Once all is in order, except for a load or two of laundry, it’s off we go to interact, explore, and enjoy. My family is all on board except for one little, very vocal member… Amani.