I sit here while Jacob naps, amazed that it’s been over 13 months since my crazy little man joined / changed / disrupted our lives in the best possible way. I’ve begun to look back at how we got through it all: those colicky, sleepless, sometimes dreadful first four months; how I didn’t melt down right along side him during his first, second, or third fevers this past, endless winter. I think about how he slept in his bassinet IN his crib when we needed to transition him to his room, and how I wanted to cry with him as we had him “cry it out”. We were desperate for sleep, and nothing else worked. A couple of painful nights for all of us, and we began to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Now at 13 months, we’re focused on such different things. Waiting for that first step, helping him not to bonk his head every 5 minutes, loving to see him gobble up virtually ANY food we put in front of him, teaching him “no”, and watching him knowingly smile and choose to ignore it. How different from 2 months ago, 6 months ago, and certainly 13 months ago!
Every day brings new challenges and joys – most of which are unexpected. But my husband and I welcome them with open arms because it means getting to know our little guy better, teaching him how to interact with the world, and loving him to pieces. The dog, on the other hand, just has to suck it up and get used to being chased with balls and beach shovels and blocks. He got the proverbial short end of the stick. (Until he positions himself under Jake’s highchair at mealtime, of course…)
I aim to use this blog to share helpful articles and tips for all moms (and other busy people!). As I wade through the insanity of motherhood, I hope to bring a few lucid ideas, thoughts, and contributions to the table. Constructive feedback and stories are always welcome.