What a huge undertaking! I’m in the mood for lists, so I’m going to list some of the projects I’ve started for the baby project:
Reading baby books. There are so many of them. The best so far have been about how to raise bilingual kids, the v*gan pregnancy book, and the book about TV and kids age 0-5. I’m a low consumer of TV and a TV sceptic. Interestingly, according to the research, both the pro and anti TV camps are correct, depending on the exact age and TV program– if it is the wrong TV program, it is a waste of the kids time and steals time from valuable developmental activities. If the TV isn’t too easy or too hard to understand, i.e. is appropriate to the kid exact age and development, then kids can learn from TV, or at least don’t suffer any harm worse than any other activity that a kid could be doing when the parent is *necessarily* occupied with other things. My enormous commute and my kindle have been very handy for this project.
Cooking. Babies are made out of good food. It’s a complicated process, ask your parents or your chef. I’m rumaging through vegan cookbooks because I’m shocked at how many of my vegetarian cookbooks are dependent on dairy and eggs.
Language Learning. I’m cramming ASL signs as fast as I can. I think I’m up to 250 words that I know pretty well and I can do English word order sign for a few sentences now. I’m continuing to study Icelandic, but I really should be switching over to French. The plan is to teach baby Tagalog, French and English (with ASL signing along with the English), and I’ll be responsible for the French. I figure it will be a 15 year project and baby will eventually speak French at a very good 2nd language level, not at a native level.
Career Planning. I want my career to be family friendly for the next five years. I remember a friend in high school who was supposed to give a speech in speech class on the topic of working moms. He liked the idea of working moms because it gave him the freedom and independence to pursue his hobbies, mainly skateboarding. But for ages 0-5, kids want their parents home, not at the office or commuting there and back.