When we were in the hospital, I started to think about all of the things I wanted to do with Scarlett, no matter how old she is or what happens. I am trying not to let myself feel rushed into filling every day with experiences, but I am happy with some of the changes I have made.
We were reading mostly every day already, but I have started to read to her my favorite books, instead of just baby books. We're halfway through Matilda by Roald Dahl, my very favorite story, and I am loving it even more as I read it to her. She loves to listen as we rock in the rocking chair and she usually dozes off after a chapter or two. With a teacher for a mom and a librarian grandma, Scarlett has been collecting books since before she was born. I think Charlotte's Web might be next.
We play much more music. Chris and I are both somewhat musical (him much more than me), so we are trying to listen to more with her, and sing when we can. She has an iPod in her room (with a cool color-changing dock) and we play all kinds of songs. Christmas music, Broadway musicals, classic rock, lullabies - it's all there, and we're adding more. He favorite so far was Jimmy Buffet Christmas; definitely her grandpa's influence.
We're making plans to go to some fun places too. We got tickets to the CA Academy of Sciences in San Francisco for Christmas; it has a great aquarium, penguins and an indoor rainforest. We'll go to the SF Zoo soon. We also want to visit the beach in Half Moon Bay and get her toes in the ocean. We regularly visit art and science exhibits at local museums, so hopefully we'll still be able to drop by a few. She's too young to really enjoy much of it, but we hope to have a chance to go again when she is older.
It's hard not to feel like it's all now-or-never, but I do. There are many things I may never get to do with her, so I will do as much as I can while I can.