She is almost one which has got me thinking about our adventures in the last year. Here are some of the highlights….
The biggest surprises
How much fun it has been. I honestly didn’t know. I had always pictured us with a 5-year-old and thought that would be great. I couldn’t quite imagine the baby time. In prenatal class when people started having and bringing their babies it freaked me out. Now I would love to fill my house with babies.
I also couldn’t imagine exactly how little free time I would have and how tired I would be when I had it. I still wouldn’t trade this for anything
I had no idea about breastfeeding. I was planning to do it because I had heard it was a good idea. I didn’t know how difficult it would be in the beginning, how soothing it would be for her, how easy it would be once we got it figured out, and how sweet some of those nursing moments would be. I also never thought that she wouldn’t take a bottle and that I wouldn’t leave her for more than 2.5 hours until she was almost 7 months. I don’t regret it at all, but wow I had no idea what I was signing up for.
My most unglamorous mama day
The afternoon started by pushing a non-sleeping baby after nap failure in the pouring rain while crying because I was so tired. This was during the sleepless six month time when she woke up every hour. I headed to the mall to escape rain and hopefully have some retail therapy. While at the mall change table I looked up at the mirror and saw the dark circles under my eyes, bad hair and milk stains on my shirt. Not good. I then looked down at the poopy diaper and saw worms. Very not good. Instead of going into Old Na.vy for retail therapy, I stood outside it and called the baby hotline to discuss worms in the diaper. I must have looked a fright. After lab results came back it turns out she was not a wormy wonder after all, she had just eaten banana. Dr. Google was right.
Favorite mama and babies activities
As soon as I could push that stroller and was allowed into class, I started going and went every Wednesday until I went back to work. She started as a little tiny baby that fell asleep as soon as she was in the stroller and last week when F took her there, she did her first big independent walk. All the stroller fit moms cheered for her as she walked over to another visit a baby on another mat. We have had so much fun going to class, being outside rain or shine at the park and having picnics on the nice days.
Traveling as a family to Cuba
One whole month together was amazing. I wouldn’t have traded that for anything.
Nurse drop in
Every time I made it, I learned so much as well as met other moms. We have fantastic community health nurses. I wish I could have gone more, but it is during her nap time.
My advice for other moms
I got a lot of advice when I had a baby. More advice than I had ever had in my whole life. This is my recommendation. Don’t hear terrifying stories from other moms about their babies constipation and then go home and feed your non-constipated baby prunes as a preventative measure. It isn’t a good idea. That’s all I am saying about the whole experience.
What about you? What advice do you have? what was your most unglamorous day? What surprised you the most and what has been the most fun?