Pour Your Heart Out Wednesday - Baby Steps in High Heels

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Pour Your Heart Out Wednesday



I wanted to give a big thank you to everyone who commented and emailed yesterday. I feel so terrible for Baby. She just got over a stomach bug and now has this cold. Luckily she’s smiling and happy most of the time and only seems unhappy when I’m attempting to put saline drops in her nose or suction it out. [As a side note, what’s up with these saline nasal drops? Really, they roll into her mouth, her ears … one even hit her eye. Every orifice except the one I’m targeting. There’s got to be a better way!]

That said, I didn’t realize how negative my post sounded yesterday. It really wasn’t a bad day. Busy? Of course. Hectic and chaotic. Sure. But not bad. Baby’s poop on my finger? Changing dirty diapers in gross public bathrooms? That’s just another day in the life! And, although these things would have disgusted me at one time, it’s just a way of life now … and I wouldn’t have it any other way! With these little experiences come smiles and giggles and funny stories I just couldn’t imagine not having in my life.

Baby turned 5-months-old yesterday. Time seems to have simultaneously crawled and flown by … I really can’t believe how much she has changed and grown. This really hit home this week in a couple of ways. First, I spent some time framing baby pictures. We had some really cute ones done when Baby was 12-weeks-old. Now, at almost 22-weeks-old, she almost looks like a completely different little girl! I mean, I still the same face, the same look in her eyes, they way her forehead crinkles the same way today as it did when she was first born. But, she’s also a really different baby. Her cheeks are fuller. She weighs almost twice as much as she did when she was born. We’ll be starting her on ‘real’ food (rice cereal) as soon as she kicks this cold. She’s growing up!

This fact really sunk in on Monday night, though. Between the cold and cutting her, Baby has been pretty fussy in the evenings this week. I’ve been trying like crazy to soothe her and comfort her. Monday night I thought I’d break out an old trick, one we learned on the day we brought her home from the hospital (from the hospital photographer of all people!). Sit her butt in one hand and place the other one on her back. Bounce her up and down gently and rub her back with your fingers. Um. I tried that trick. It worked like a charm about 20 weeks ago. This week? Not so much. She was too big! Too big?! Oh, it broke my heart!

It seems so surreal when I think back to about week 3, when I was still in post c-section zombie-mom mode. I thought time was standing still. I couldn’t imagine how we were going to get through the next couple of hours, much less days, weeks or …. months! Months! I posted a while back about how other people used to drive me crazy when they’d warn me about how quickly time flies and how fast kids grow up. But it’s so, so true.

Somewhere in the midst of attempting to nurse, round-the-clock pumping, diaper changing, learning to fit a onsie over a newborn’s head, laundry (and more laundry), middle of the night shenanigans … some time during having entire conversations with only one-syllable words and/or only coos/squeals/etc. … somehow, while these day to day tasks were taking place, 5 entire months of Baby’s life have gone by. Somehow, in the midst of all of this, Baby has learned not only to focus her eyes but to smile and have entire conversations with them. She’s learned to play peek-a-boo. She cut her first tooth and is working on a second. She learned to roll from her tummy to her back, from her back to her tummy, and to scoot in almost a full circle while doing these things. She gave Husband a hug for the first time yesterday.

Sorry to be so sappy, but it really is very surreal. It’s common knowledge that people grow, change, and accomplish the most in their first year of life. But to see it in action is pretty amazing.

6 comments:

  1. Ahhh what a sweet post! They steal your heart and then they go and grow up! And so dog gone fast too! :)

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  2. It really is amazing to watch this. It's bittersweet watching your baby grow up!

    I didn't think you sounded that negative yesterday- just like a tired mom. ;)

    Thanks for linking up!

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  3. It is amazing. It stays amazing past the first year too.

    And I didn't think you were negative, just expressing a day not at it's best. We all have them.

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  4. It is amazing to watch your children grow and develop and change! It's wonderful and miraculous and a little sad. But you have so much to look forward to as she gets older! Every age and milestone my children have hit I always say, "this is the best one! This is my favorite age!"

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  5. I agree with Gucci Mama - every age is my favorite too!

    No, you weren't negative... you were being a mom - some days are just a little more difficult than others!

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