DD is 11 months old and going through rapid changes. She suddenly hates being confined - high chair, car seat, swing - and fights meal times, car rides and nap times. Naps only happen if I catch her at exactly the right moment, give her a bottle while rocking and slip her into her crib as she's falling asleep. Otherwise, she pops right up and cries in her crib till I come back.
She's no longer happy in her jumper, walker or play yard - she's only happy when she has free reign of the house, which means I follow along to keep her out of trouble and get nothing else done.
My real issue is that I feel like I spend my days doing the minimum to keep her entertained while also doing the minimum in housework - since I can't seem to do both things well - and therefore she's not getting enough quality time and my house is still a mess. I know lots of moms do both with more kids so I'm frustrated and feeling like a bit of a failure. I want to be the creative mom who is always finding cool things to do but somehow I never get to that after dishes, laundry, etc. How do I break this pattern?!? Thanks for any suggestions!