Theodore is now four months old which means I’m basically a professional at this parenthood thing. Not really. I am still faking it, but I do average at least six hours of sleep a night and my kid smiles at me, so I feel like an old pro some days. Over the last four months, I have realized so many things about being a Mom and loving my little boy.
1.) Clipping a newborns nails is basically the scariest thing in the world. Seriously. And you have to do it every three days because they grow so fast! My first grey hair will be because of Teddy’s fingernails.
2.) You might be terrified the first time you are left alone with your new baby. What if he won’t stop crying? What if you can’t take care of him? It’s okay. You will figure it out and it totally gets easier.
3.) Breastfeeding takes so much time. In the beginning, all I felt like I did was nurse Teddy. All day long and then most of the night! Just when I thought I had it figured out, he would go through a growth spurt and the constant nursing would continue! Thankfully, it gets so much easier. Until then, settle into a comfortable chair and watch some Netflix while your baby eats.
4.) You will experience a new dept of exhaustion. After a twenty hour labor and two nights of no sleep, Colby and I were half dead when we left the hospital. I was on strong pain pills that made me even more tired! Colby will admit it’s the most exhausted he’s ever been and he survived cancer and bailed hay for years. When you are that tired, everything is hard. Take it one day at a time and try to remember it doesn’t last for forever. One day, you will get a full night of sleep again and feel like a total rockstar.
5.) My hearing is super powerful now. If Teddy happens to turn over in his crib, I wake up. And he sleeps in his own room across the hall! It is the craziest thing! Somehow, fatherhood has made it where my sweet husband can sleep through a baby screaming in his ear though. Ha!
6.) Your husband might dare to ask you how the baby slept after a really rough night. Try not to kill him. You will want him around.
7.) When Teddy came into this world, I suddenly became okay with all forms of bodily fluids. Boogers? I pick them. Eye goo? No biggy. I actually once woke up and realized I had baby poo all over my arm and had no idea how many hours it had been there. Oh well.
8.) Watching Colby fall in love with Teddy has been one of the most special things. We made this adorable little boy together and are so happy he’s ours.
9.) I long for alone time to take a bubble bath or edit pictures. When I get that time, I miss my baby boy like crazy and check up on him constantly. It drives me nuts!
10.) You might find yourself celebrating and mourning every single milestone. Part of me is so proud of Teddy when he masters a new skill, while the other side just wants to pause time forever. It is going so fast.
What did you find surprising about motherhood? Has anyone else woke up with baby poo all over there arm? Just me? Ha.