The last time I mentioned our vegetable garden, we were preparing to plant the seedlings in the ground outside. Last week I finally got all of my plants in the ground, which took several hours, and most of them are doing very well. So, what did I do with my baby while planting all of those seedlings?
That’s right. She relaxed under a nearby shade tree while playing with her toys on the blanket. I was so glad that she stayed perfectly content while I was planting until I looked over at her. My smart baby learned to pull the blanket up, then had begun picking the grass and eating it. As I was cleaning all of the grass off I noticed little pieces stuck to her chin and got a little worried that she might have eaten something poisonous. (Don’t worry, my baby is doing just fine.)
Since I had not finished all of the planting at that time, I tried to stick her pacifier in her mouth to keep her from putting grass there, but she was too smart for that. I had to buckle my baby up in her stroller for the remainder of our time outside, but she only started to get fussy towards the end- probably because she was getting very hungry. Later on I realized that I had not nursed my poor baby before going out, so she had a pretty good reason for being cranky after patiently waiting so long.
First: If you are starting a vegetable garden while taking care of your new baby, then you might want to wait for some help. Babies can be a handful even when they are not quite mobile yet. At least keep them secure when it is just the two of you and you are concentrating on another task.
Second: Make sure to feed your baby well before taking on a time consuming task. Don’t let the poor baby starve and get unnecessarily fussy. If your baby gets too hungry, they might get creative with whatever is around them.
Third: Do not stress out over any changes in your plans, or unexpected occurrences that come along. It will be okay if you don’t get everything done in the garden because the baby is screaming. Also, don’t worry if all of your plants are not a success or some of them die before you can put them in the ground (not all of mine survived and the season has just begun).