And as I’m sitting here, watching my baby on the monitor, I can’t help but think, “wow, this is going by so fast.”
Currently, Norah is perched up on her left side, so so so close to rolling over from back to front for the first time. She’s been doing this for about a week now, taunting me and my husband, getting a little closer each time, and then flopping back to her starting position.
She’s also hitting the four month sleep regression. Hence why she’s back in her crib, supposed to be napping, at 7:30am. I think we’re lucky, though, because she’s only getting up twice a night (so far). So, I won’t complain… too much…
She’s also started this thing where she yells at the top of her lungs. It’s adorable. I’ve read where some moms want to stop their babies from doing this, afraid it will cause “bad behavior.” Not me. I absolutely love it. And you know what? I yell right along with her. And we laugh. And a great time is had by all.
It’s crazy to think that one year ago tomorrow we found out I was pregnant. Father’s Day 2018. It’s been such a whirlwind of a year. There have been lots of ups and a fair amount of downs. But, at the end of the day (or the beginning of the day, I suppose) as I sit down and reflect on all of it, I can’t help but smile. I love my life right now. I love my family.
So, while I usually try to have some “point” to my posts, or accomplish something, I guess all I’m really trying to accomplish with this one is to freeze this moment. To remember what she’s like right now, at 16 weeks 3 days old. Because tomorrow she’ll be different. And next week she’ll be doing something new. And it’s all going to go by so fast. It’s already going by so fast.
I follow some awesome moms on twitter. They’re amazing and open and so honest with their experiences as a parent that I love reading what they have to say. I feel like I’m always learning from them.
One topic I see a lot of moms talk about is reflux. From the stories I’ve heard, it can get very intense! I never thought my baby could have it. She doesn’t vomit all the time. She doesn’t scream when we lay her down. She doesn’t fuss every time she eats.
You see, I never realized that these moms’ experiences encompassed extreme cases of reflux.
Moms with babies like mine don’t talk about their little ones’ reflux as much because it isn’t as impactful. I get it. Those moms who have babies with really really bad reflux, they’re troopers. They’re amazing, honestly! And I’m glad they share their struggle and turn to each other and other moms for support! I love the online mom community I’ve found.
But, in this post, I want to talk about the not so extreme reflux. The reflux my baby has. Because she needed medicine, and I’m glad she got it. And maybe your baby has reflux, too, and you just don’t know it yet because they’re not throwing up all the time or constantly miserable (bless those babies’ little hearts!).
Here are the signs that led to her diagnosis. Some of these things I didn’t even consider to be reflux! I just thought it was her being a baby.
It’s funny how much can change in such a short time. As a parent, I feel like somewhere between months two and three I have really started to get the hang of my new role. Yes, I expect that will all change soon, as Norah’s on the brink of entering her 4th leap, the 4 month sleep regression, and I’m pretty sure she’ll start teething in the middle of all of it, just to keep things super interesting.
But, still, I feel like my confidence as a mom has picked up. With this, the number of baby accessories I need has decreased. Here are six things I couldn’t live without the first month of mothering that I haven’t touched in the last (at least) 4 weeks.
I’ve had my baby for 100 days. That’s 100 days of snuggles and kisses, tears, and growing pains. That’s 100 days of learning. And 100 days of loving someone so much more than I ever realized I could.
Normally, I write a post at the beginning of each new month with my little girl with some tips I’ve learned about being a mom:
Tips From a First Time Mom: 1 Month In
Tips From a First Time Mom: 2 Months In
But instead, today I just want to reflect on what I’ve learned in the last 100 days with my baby.
Just a little bit’s enough…
Sorry, I couldn’t resist. But no, this isn’t a tribute to a Pink song. The title is very fitting, though. So, I’m going to borrow it.
In this post I want to discuss something I am so very guilty of: trying to explain everything. Everything happens for a reason right?
That’s what I used to think, at least. And then I had a baby…
It’s easier to be away than it is to be home.
There, I said it. I hate that it’s true, but it is. I don’t mean it in the way you’re thinking.
I don’t mean I’d rather be out in the grown up world than at home with my baby. I don’t mean that I prefer working to changing diapers. Some people do. And that’s great. We need people who love to work and live for their jobs.
I’m just not one of them.
What I mean when I say it’s easier to be at work than it is to be home is that it’s easier to be there because I have to be there.
I’m not doing a great job of explaining myself. Here… let me try this again.
It’s been about a year since the events that led to my baby girl coming into this world took place. It’s funny to think about that. Things were so different for me in May of 2018.