Following is a list of 7 problems we've been having, plus our extremely thoughtless solutions.Paul Starke: As Luke gets older, my wife and I are starting to notice that all the bad habits/poor choices we've made over the past 15 months are now starting to pay dividends. That means it's time to solicit the momlogic community for some more free advice! Thanks in advance!
I'm going to list a few of the problems we've been having lately, plus our extremely thoughtless solutions. If you could give us yours, that would be much appreciated. Please no judgments -- we're trying our best.
PROBLEM: Luke has been going to sleep later and later, sometimes not until 10 PM. He sleeps through the night when he finally does go to sleep, but getting him there is a bitch ...
OUR SOLUTION: We've tried everything, but the only thing that seems to work is watching reruns of "Full House." The soothing sounds of John Stamos sometimes have an effect ...
PROBLEM: Luke is starting to walk; our apartment is about as baby-proofed as a landfill or active volcano.
OUR SOLUTION: We've padded up corners and covered outlets, but our fireplace is a mild concussion waiting to happen ...
PROBLEM: Luke cannot eat food without playing with something: plastic caps, toys, and other sundry items.
OUR SOLUTION: We just pile toys and crap on his high-chair tray, and hope that he'll eat before all of it is thrown on the ground.
PROBLEM: We're trying to expand Luke's diet, but we don't know what else to feed him besides chicken (and fruits and vegetables).
OUR SOLUTION: Give him chicken every night.
PROBLEM: Luke's molars appear to be growing in, causing him great discomfort.
OUR SOLUTION: He hates Orajel and teething rings, so we just feel bad for him, basically.
PROBLEM: Luke's hair is starting to cover his eyes; he needs a haircut, but he won't let us.
OUR SOLUTION: A comb-over can look distinguished on a baby, right?
PROBLEM: Luke has this charming tendency to grab his crotch when we're changing his diaper, resulting in all sorts of things getting on his hands.
OUR SOLUTION: I still haven't grown out of that habit.
So that's just a few of the things we're dealing with, and probably incorrectly. Would LOVE to get your advice and perspective ...
|Paul Starke is an Emmy-winning TV producer, and a co-writer of the #1 New York Times bestseller, "An Inconvenient Book."|