Oh my, "things get better" - they weren't lying!
That first month is ROUGH, like.. who is going to come pickup their baby, there must have been a mistake, why isn't there a college course/test on parenting required before procreation?!? ROUGH
Her blood boiling cries turn to smiling coo's, her disgruntled demeanor to contentment. Our fear of every waking moment turned to looking forward to getting her in the morning to be greeted with stretches, smiles and giggles.
Boy does it get better.
Now two months into mommyhood, I see how EVERY SINGLE PARENT EVER tells you they grow so fast, to enjoy even the tough days, one day you'll long for them. That you can't spoil a baby by holding it too much... I think they are really trying to tell you to stop, breath, hold her, enjoy every second of snuggles and cuddle before they grow up and no longer need to feel you near them to sleep.
Don't get me wrong, she sleeps in her crib, and has been since 2 weeks... but do I baby wear her to my hearts content if she seems more clingy during the day? You betcha!
We've been tackling BabyWise for her sleep schedule, and so far it is a dream. At 9 weeks we've already had a few nights of sleeping through, some nights of one waking, and on occasion (like last night) she still screams like an banshee...catapulting me out of bed and racing up the stairs like the house is on fire, only to find she's unswaddled one arm and woke herself up.
I may or may not have imagined far more dramatic episodes on my journey to rescue my little peanut-butter-cup, fortunately only my imagination is over dramatic, not my/her life.
I had a girlfriend ask me, "after all that research, what did you find you couldn't live without from your registry?" She too had a little peanut almost 6 months ago.
I absolutely couldn't live without the deep latch video from fit pregnancy (totally understand this wan't a "registry item" but an absolute life saver. (Warning: you will see some titty-tonga's in this video.. watch at your own ... risk?)
Items that were a waste
I can't imagine life without her smiles and coo's, I am so thankful that I went on that awful blind date so many years ago, never knowing that a few years after our blind date we would try dating again and never look back. I am so grateful for my Husband, he is my greatest love, my closest friend, my security and now has made me a mommy. Seeing him become a father makes my heart swell, he's swell, it's all really wonderful.
Cheers to everyone on this crazy adventure, it's worth it, it get's better.
And for my girlfriends that their day hasn't come yet, a girlfriend wrote a wonderful note on this "I could have a baby, but she could not" you may find it encouraging, I read this post before we even tried to get pregnant, I remember crying and hoping that I would be able to have a baby one day... I love you, I'm praying for you, my heart aches for you. I do hope that my posts don't bring you too much pain, as this joy is a hope unfulfilled in your lives.