I’m officially two months into this mothering thing! There were days I really didn’t know if I’d make it. But, we’re here! My baby girl is growing, learning, and turning into such an adorable, fun baby right before my eyes.
We went to meet the Easter Bunny yesterday. Something about dressing Norah up and taking her out to get her picture taken made me feel like a real parent. It’s one of those things that parents do. So is waking up at 4:00am to feed her, and changing her diapers, and reading to her, and all the other things my hubby and I do everyday. But, there was something about taking her to meet the Easter Bunny that made me sit back and think, “wow, I’m a mom.”
I love dressing her up. We don’t get her a lot of clothes since she outgrows them so fast. But, every once in a while we see something too adorable to pass up. The dress she wore to meet the Easter Bunny, for example. She’ll probably never wear it again. Which is fine. She looked so cute. So, it was worth it.
One thing about baby clothes that is good to keep in mind: You have to look for an occassion to dress them up! Norah had so many cute newborn clothes she never wore because there was no reason for her to wear them! Yes, they’re adorable. But, when we’re just chilling around the house all day, I’m not going to put her in a frilly dress or matching pants/ onesie get up (like the one in her two month picture. Believe me, as soon as that picture was taken, those pants came off!). I’m going to put her in something simple and easy to get her in and out of.
That’s why I try to match her outfit to the “occasion”. Going out to lunch with friends? Lita (Grandma) and Papa coming over? Daddy coming home from a long day at work? These are all reasons to get fancy when you’re two months old! It can be tricky, since her wardrobe is so limited. But, I still have fun with it.
I have so much fun with it that I sometimes forget to get dressed myself! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve walked out the door in my robe and sweat pants!
I guess that’s part of being a mom, though.
We went to have dinner after getting Norah’s picture taken yesterday. It was nice! We’ve been venturing out with her more and more. I still get nervous that she’s going to have a royal meltdown in a restaurant. It’s bound to happen sooner or later! But, yesterday, she was her usual perfect self.
While we were eating, my husband asked me an interesting question. He asked, “is being a parent harder or easier than you thought it would be?”
My answer? Easier!
It’s not that being a parent is easy by any means. It’s hard; it’s exhausting; it’s frustrating (and it’s only beginning!). But, as I explained to my husband, it’s more natural than I expected it to be. I’m not a nurturing person by nature. But, the second they put my baby girl in my arms, it’s as if some force of nurture (nature) overtook me. I’m different now. But, I don’t feel different. I don’t think other people see me as different. But, I am. It’s hard to explain. I’m not me. But, I’m more me than I’ve ever been.
I guess that’s another part of being a parent?
These last two months have been so wonderful. I love my baby a little more each day (as if that’s even possible!). Being a parent has been the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done, and I can’t wait to see what else this whole mothering thing throws my way!