keeping her occupied
I went into last weekend with much trepidation, knowing that with Ali out of town it was up to me to entertain Maya for 48 hours.
You’re probably thinking, “Must you worry about everything Ameena? She’s not an infant for crying out loud. Just put her in front of the TV.”
(Side note #1: I despise turning on the TV before 8 pm. It somehow depresses me.)
(Side note #2: Nothing makes me feel like a worse parent than when I see Maya zoned out in front of the TV. Except when I see her zoned out in front of the iPad. Or zoned out with Ali’s phone in her hands. — > This one tops the charts.)
Ultimately the weekend went fine.
Since the key to keeping Maya happy is to feed her, much of our time involved restaurant lunches, cookie and donut making, and one hectic visit to Trader Joe’s (20 minute line – nuts).
We also went to Michael’s – a store that I just don’t understand- to buy useful things like green fondant.
The weather was great so we hiked through midtown (6+ miles) and then hit up the library and Barnes & Noble.
We wandered through Grand Central.
We didn’t fight. Nobody was injured (although I nearly fell on my face while rock climbing at the park). The TV didn’t get turned on until after 8pm, and even then, just for half an hour. I even got some work done Saturday night.
I’m not sure why I work myself into such a panic about dumb things like keeping Maya busy, but somehow I do.
Wish I could say I’ve learned my lesson, but we all know I’m already worrying about this weekend…