Whoa it’s been three months since I became a mom.
People say it goes fast; When I say to someone that my little girl is 3 months old, it does feel like it went fast, but when she’s crying or we are having an “off” day the time drags.
This has been a learning experience for me like nothing in my life has ever been. All in a good way though, I truly wouldn’t change it for the world.
For the first few weeks *pt* and I were living in a the fog that we had heard so much about.
The day after she was born, the door on our hospital room seemed to be a revolving one. Every time we had a moment to breathe and realize we were now a family of three we’d hear a knock on the door: my doctor, her doctor, the nurse, the lactation counselor, the nurses’ supervisor, visitors, the list goes on;
*pt* and I couldn’t wait to go home and get on “our” own schedule and begin the next part of our “Life Tour”. However, when we went home, we had a moments of wondering what to do next. The hospital gave us a bunch of paperwork and amongst it all was a pamphlet that said “what to do next”. I skimmed it over in a brief moment I had I still wasn’t quite sure what to do. Let’s be honest could a pamphlet really tell me ALL I needed to know about taking care of this beautiful human I have brought into the world?
Over these three months we’ve slowly begun to figure it out. Don’t get me wrong everyday we learn something new and I am sure that will go on for the rest of our lives.
I’ve watched a cousin grow from a newborn to an adult and nieces and nephews from newborn to young children, but now I am watching this little Squirt that grew inside ME for 9 months. She really is changing from day to day. She has filled out the wrinkled skin that she born with, her thighs are becoming chubby cute ones that everyone adores. She smiles a lot at me and *pt* when she sees us. It’s pretty awesome to watch her recognize us.
A few things that I have learned so far:
-The “waiting” during the last few days before she was born seem like an eternity ago;
-Any pain or discomfort I may have felt during my pregnancy and labor are almost nonexistent in my mind now. Once I held my tiny, vunerable baby in my arms there was nothing else I could think about.
-Some people will tell you you won’t need many newborn size diapers–until your baby is small enough to wear them past 2 months old 🙂 We just moved to the size 1 about 2 weeks ago; they are a little big but the newborn had gotten a bit snug.
-The sizes on the tags in baby clothing doesn’t mean anything; your baby may grow out of one outfit that says “newborn” in less than a month and wear another “newborn” outfit past 2 months; 0-3 Month clothing— still trying to figure that size out 🙂 (see picture below- “newborn” on tag)
-It’s ok to just want to cuddle your baby; to let her fall asleep in your arms; This is the BEST feeling in the world!
-Seeing your child smile at you and “coo” is the most wonderful sight and sound. She loves to talk to us and it’s so great to see that she’s trying to communicate with us.
-Some things that come naturally to some mothers may not come naturally to others; Most new moms go through the same stress and anxiety about taking care of a baby–although sometimes you feel like you are the only mom going through it.
Throughout my pregnancy I read “What To Expect When You’re Expecting”. I am glad I did, it was informative on a few levels. Each chapter reiterated one important statement: “every pregnancy and every woman is different”. And not only is that true but all babies are unique and different too. I have to remind myself often that no matter what I see or hear from other moms that our life is going the way it is meant to go.
We have our challenges with a few things but overall our little girl is healthy and the happiest baby I’ve ever seen! I hope she always smiles her way through life as she does now!
We look forward to learning more things in the months to come!
Happy 3 Months Sweet Baby!