Life

When your dad first told me that he was going to be leaving for two weeks of annual training I was worried. As the time for him to leave came closer, I grew more and more worried. After all, I am a first-time mom and I’ve never had to do this before. I’m used to being at home with you pretty much all day, but at the end of the work day your dad comes home and I’m no longer alone. I’ve never had to be without him for more than a couple of days tops, so this has been a change.

Thankfully, your grandparents, your aunt, and your uncle have come by many times to keep me company and I am grateful to them for that. I was especially thankful for their company when a major storm hit and caused a power outage. After a couple of days being alone, my mom came all the way from Georgia to visit for a bit. She was so excited to see you again and you seemed super excited as well. Sadly, on the night of her return, you were very colicky and you cried up a storm. It took us a while to get you to sleep and I was so saddened by your cries. I am so glad she was there with me when this happened because I would’ve cried along with you. On a happier note, you learned to roll from back to belly and since then you have been a little ball of energy.

Although I wasn’t completely alone, it was not the easiest experience and I give major props to all of the single moms out there. They are alone day in and day out and have to raise their child by themselves. Your dad was only going to be gone for two weeks and I did not know how I would do. I can’t imagine what it is like to be alone every single day. Of course, since he is in the Military, there may come a time when he will leave for much longer so I will have to accustom myself to this.

When you get married to someone you can only imagine what your life with them will be like, but you never truly know how life with them will play out. I knew it wouldn’t be the easiest life being married to a Soldier in the Army, but I was willing to take that chance with him. I can truly say that I am beyond happy to have married your dad and have taken that chance. Life is not always the easiest and it never will be, but I am okay with that. I am proud of him and how far we have come as a family.

 

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First of Many

Regretfully, I haven’t been writing as often as I have wanted, but I am still trying to figure out a writing schedule. Sunday though, I chose not to write because it was the weekend and it’s when all three of us spend time together! Since it was a day filled with lots of new firsts for you, I decided to write about it today.

Anytime that we venture outside of our home to a store or a relatives house I am worried about your comportment. Usually, you are in a good mood, but sometimes you’re cranky and we have to run our errands in a hurry or we have to leave someones home earlier than we intended. Yesterday though, you were in a good mood because you were able to nap before going out. It was an interesting day as you got to try applesauce for the first time! We haven’t been giving you any fruits just yet because I heard that you won’t like vegetables if we try to give you something sweet first. Although I do not know how true that is, I wanted to try it for myself. So far, it seems to have worked as you seem to like the few vegetables we have given you. We haven’t really introduced you to much food yet, as you are not quite yet 6 months old. The pediatrician told us that you were ready to eat foods, but I have heard that it is actually recommended to wait until a baby is 6 months before introducing any food. I do not wish to have any sort of debate on that issue and I’m only feeding you baby food here and there and not every single day.

In addition to trying a new food for the first time, you actually slept the whole night in your own crib! Usually, we have you in the bassinet next to us (that our kind friends bought for us), but you are growing out of it! Honestly, I was more dispirited than excited that you were going to sleep in your own room for the first time… Being one of those people who likes to google search everything, I had a hard time sleeping, thinking about you. According to what I have read, it is recommended for your baby to sleep in the same room as you for the first 6 months of their life so I wasn’t ready for you to leave the comfort of our room just yet… Setting up the baby monitor in your room though, gave me a bit of relief knowing that I could watch you from our own room with the parent device.

Baby monitors are a must have for any new or expectant mother to have. The one that we have has a camera that goes into your room and the one with the screen that shows us a live video with sound goes into our room. When we were creating our registry we put a monitor that had no camera only sound, but now that I have experienced using a baby monitor with a camera I believe it is the way to go. That way we can check up on you without actually going into the room and disturbing you. This monitor is the one that we had on our baby registry, but this is another one (currently on sale, which I wish we had) where you can view your baby on a smart phone, tablet or computer.

Of course, it is a great achievement for you, but it just makes me realize how fast you are growing and how my cuddling days are limited. When you are older you probably won’t want to cuddle as much anymore and I’m going to reminisce about the days you were a baby. If it were up to me, I would’ve kept you in our room as long as possible, but your dad suggested that it was time for you to begin sleeping in your crib. Hopefully tonight you will sleep as peacefully as you did last night!

 

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