Babies Get Jealous of Computers and Other Things My Baby Taught Me This Week

by Charise Rohm Nulsen

It’s Friday and time to reflect back on my week with Baby. Here are three things my little love taught me this week:

Babies get jealous of computers. While I was celebrating my blog’s one month anniversary this week, my sweet boy was making it very clear that I need to relax a little about blogging and focus on improving my balance of baby and blog. He has communicated this by staring at me intently anytime I turn towards my laptop and making one of three sounds to get my attention: a) The heavy repeated “H” sound which sounds like a dog panting; b) The fake cough… self-explanatory; c) The menacing grunt. I have taken his hints, and over the past couple of days, I can actually see that he seems happier and more excited in general. I feel like a very bad mama for letting my #1 priority slip a tiny bit, but on the bright side of things, I can be thankful that I have a wise baby who has put me back on the path to righteous mamahood! (Have any other mama bloggers experienced this??? I would love a little empathy…)

Babies who believe bathtime is the bane of their existence can LOVE the pool. I mentioned here once before that Baby and I are taking a free six week Water Babies class. I can now officially say that my son adores the pool and is apparently part fish. I can also officially say that his love of the pool has not rubbed off on bathtime in the least bit. He still screams like we are torturing him while in the bath. Meanwhile, in swim class, this same child moves around the pool like he was born there and has a little smile plastered to his face for about 80% of the time. We can’t figure out what we are doing wrong with bathtime now that it is clear that fear of water is not an issue, so if you have any ideas, please please let me know in the comments section below!

When babies learn to give real hugs, it is by far, the best thing you will ever experience in your life. It has become clear to us that Baby is now giving us real hugs. They are not random grabs. Our beautiful boy looks at us like we are the sun, the moon, and the earth combined and then dives in hard and squeezes us tight. It is sooooo incredible! I’m learning that this is the great thing about having children… Just when you think life can’t get any better and your child couldn’t be any more perfect, he goes and does something more amazing than you ever thought possible. I love mamahood!

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This guy makes me so happy!

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1 MamaP February 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm

In the days of old Mamahood, it was the telephone. The more things change, the more they remain the same. Our babies so freely communicate their needs. And yours is a wonder! XOXO


2 I Thought I Knew Mama February 4, 2011 at 10:08 pm

So true! xo


3 Jen February 5, 2011 at 3:01 pm

First off… you are so right about baby hugs. They are THE most amazing things. Ever. My little girl can now give kisses along with those wonderful snuggles. It only gets better!!
And I totally hear you on the blogging thing. It’s hard to get any time to do it with her around. She suddenly gets desperate for attention, nevermind that we spend our entire days together playing. Ah well!
Btw, thanks for stopping by my blog and introducing me to yours- it’s wonderful!


4 I Thought I Knew Mama February 6, 2011 at 6:48 pm

How awesome that you get kisses now! Can’t wait for that!

So glad we’re following each other now!


5 Caren with a "C" February 5, 2011 at 4:28 pm

Great post! I know it is time to get off the computer when they are hovering all around me and throwing things onto my keyboard to get my attention. I’ll follow you as we go through this new blogging challenge!


6 I Thought I Knew Mama February 6, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Looking forward to our start tomorrow!


7 Jenn@FFP February 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Honey, I think we have all been there before…Gotten sucked in the blogosphere! The kids have stared me down asking “Are you gonna feed us today?” and I look at the clock thinking it’s 2 hours earlier in the day! HOLY COW, where did the day go…so I dash off to scrounge up some grub and vow to be more balanced…until next time. lol

When they give me grief over it, I remind them they do the same thing to me when they get in video game land and we all have a little laugh. At least they’re fed and loved and they know it! lol


8 I Thought I Knew Mama February 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

You’re so right ;-) Being fed and loved is the most important thing!


9 LeeAnn February 5, 2011 at 7:41 pm

I don’t really have that problem with my kids trying to get me off the computer, because they don’t let me get on it at all! I am rarely online when they are awake because someone always needs something or wants to be held. I used to get annoyed about that, but I quickly realized that blogging should never come before the babies. Never. So what do I do? Stay up ridiculous hours of the night after they go to bed. I have the bags under my eyes to prove it. LOL I managed to get some blogging in today because my daughter is with her grandparents and my husband played with my son all day. So what if my house is still a disaster! :-)

Thanks for following from Relax & Surf Sunday. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get over here. (Back to the whole “I can’t get on the computer when my kids are awake” thing.) I hope you’re having a great weekend, and I hope to see you in the surf again this weekend.
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10 I Thought I Knew Mama February 6, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Thanks for visiting, LeeAnn! You’re right: Never blogging before babies, but definitely blogging before housework ;-)


11 Michelle February 5, 2011 at 9:48 pm

Following from Relax and Surf


12 Colleen Shibley February 5, 2011 at 9:53 pm

Doesn’t that just make no sense how a baby can LOVE the pool water and hate the bath! Those are quirks though you will remember as they get older. My youngest son loved to crawl around with socks in his month and my oldest son has a tag fetish. Most people want to cut them out he likes to make sure they stay in.

Thanks for linking up at Relax and Surf Sunday!
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13 Mistie February 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm

Wait until they start running to you when you come home. That is so amazing and will come soon :)


14 I Thought I Knew Mama February 6, 2011 at 6:58 pm

I’m sure that is AMAZING!!


15 Shelley February 5, 2011 at 10:24 pm

You have a cute little guy. Enjoy every moment of being a SAHM. I so wish to be the SAHM, but I unfortunately am the breadwinner in this fam. I am glad my hubbs is here with them and not at a daycare. but oh do I wish it was me. Following from the blog hop. Hope you can follow back.
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16 Heather February 5, 2011 at 11:02 pm

Hey! I love baby hugs!

And my little one will physically attempt to remove the computer from my lap.

Then I have guilt
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17 Heather February 5, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Oh, hey! New follower from the hop! Come see me some time!
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18 Saved By Love Creations February 6, 2011 at 8:39 am

Hi! I am a new follower from Sunday’s hops. I am looking forward to reading more of your blog. Blessings…
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19 Elisa Hirsch February 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I can so relate to the computer/baby post. Kids are soo cute ;)

I found you through the blog hop.

I’m following. ;)


20 Lin February 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm

I’m struggling to find the perfect baby/blog balance, too. It depends on the day, but there are plenty of times when he lets me know, that he absolutely does NOT want to sit here and watch me type. You are not alone mama! :-)

I’m your newest follower…found you through the SITS 31DBBB Challenge!
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21 Fabgrandma February 6, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I can tell you from experience that those hugs never lose the charm when it is your child. My son is almost 40 and I still love the hugs I get from him.

I followed you from the blog hop at ShibleySmiles
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22 Kortney February 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

This is so true!! I’m a new follower from the weekend hops! Come visit me at!
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23 Ellie February 6, 2011 at 11:56 pm

I’m your newest follower from Relax and Surf Sunday Blog Hop. Also following on Networked Blogs, Facebook and Twitter. If you get a minute please stop by and follow back.

Have a good night,
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24 Vilma Pate December 14, 2011 at 2:59 am

And yours is a wonder! So true! I’m following.


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