I’ve realized that I say something sort of awful to Noah, fairly often. When he’s throwing himself around, in constant motion, apparently all body, and I’m finding it overwhelming in a too-much-sensory-input sort of way. I’ve realized I sometimes say: “Why are you being so physical?”
As though you can not be physical, right? Like, why are you inhabiting a body right now, huh? ’cause that’s really annoying!
So, okay, I’m training myself not to say that anymore. But two underlying realities remain:
- I’m beginning to suspect that perhaps I’m a little on the prone-to-sensory-overstimulation side of things, and that being sensitive to high levels of motion, noise, multiple simultaneous social interactions, and so forth doesn’t … mesh well … with the early years of the parenting gig.
- It’s the freaking winter in freaking Minnesota! So we all went from two or three long walks a day plus other outdoor activities, to basically nothing. No wonder he’s “being physical” (aka moving in ways that feel full of weird energy). The only person in our home getting enough exercise right now is the baby.
So, maybe you can help? Or commiserate? Here’s the scoop on #2 (hahaha like poop … sorry): Noah went through a liking yoga phase in the spring/summer, but he’s utterly uninterested in it now. We have no money, live in a small and cluttered apartment, and can only pursue physical activities that either involve the baby (at least in a carrier) or are quiet enough to occur during his naps. What to do? How have others dealt with this stuff? This article has some neat ideas, but we’ve found them difficult to implement very often in reality.
[Meanwhile, 15 minutes before this post is scheduled to go up, Noah has spent much of the morning running circles around our coffee table in an odd outfit while chatting nonstop about triathlons ... so I guess that's one idea?]