Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Babies: They Grow Up

I've learned a lot in the past 6 months of being a mom. I know I have a long way to go, but I've learned some stuff. It's a steep learning curve I would say. The one thing I know many moms out there can relate to is the fact that babies don't do one thing for very long. Just when you get something down, they change on you. (I'm sure this applies to kids as of all ages). And it's supposed to be that way . . . they have a lot of milestones to hit in the first year. One minute they're being swaddled every minute of the day and the next you can barely keep them from rolling over long enough to change a wet diaper. Just the changes in sleep patterns alone is rather mind boggling. For example, first she slept whenever and wherever. On my daily walks she would fall asleep in the stroller. That lasted about 2 weeks, then she only screamed in her stroller. For a while we could get her to fall asleep in her swing for her morning nap. Then I napped her on the couch. Then I started napping in the crib and she started taking about 4 naps a day. But her naps wouldn't be that long unless I strapped her in the bjorn and walked with her asleep for 2 hours at a time. 2 hours at a time, 2 times a day. . . oh my achin' back. Then she finally settled into her crib for all naps. 4 times a day. Then she dropped that last nap and was only going 3 times a day. If we were out and about she would still sleep in the bjorn, which was great. Now she'll nap in her stroller when we're out and about. And now it looks like she's decided she only needs 2 naps a day. And this is only her naps, I'm not even going to touch the whole bedtime thing. I'm not sure that I have a great point here, but what I'm saying is that I'm starting to see how it goes kinda fast. Kinda. . . Doing one thing one minute and another thing the next. She's growing up while I try to keep up.

a few days. . .

a couple weeks. . .

a couple months. . .

4 1/2 months. . .
6 months. . .

7 comments:

  1. the scowl was manifested mere days after birth. love it.

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  2. I love it! I can only agree, though I will say that you notice all these changes a lot more the first time around when you only have one kid. I remember feeling exactly that way. Now I just find myself saying--oh cool, Karlie is finally getting to that stage now.... (:

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  3. the best part is, their little personalities start coming out more and more. then they start moving. then you just pray they would stay still for a second!

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  4. She is SO cute!
    The other thing you will come to realize, is that whatever strategy you finally find that works on one child, ie sleeping in the bjorn... will positively NOT work on any subsequent children.
    You can go ahead and give that bjorn away when you're done with it this time around.
    (well, you could keep it and give it a shot. LOL)

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  5. The scowling pic is one of my all time favorites. I can't believe how big she is! You totally rock as a mom, BTW.

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  6. yes it's fun seeing all the little stages.

    marilee--we need access to your blog! how do we get that?

    Kelly--yeah I'm fine with the fact that she doesn't crawl yet. We can wait on that for a while for all I care. . .

    Justrandi--I believe you. Oh boy do I believe you, and I'm a little scared to do it all again. . . and again and possibly again.

    Andrea--long live the scowl!

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  7. Look at those huge eyes! What a beaut.

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