Y’all. I don’t know why people say having kids is tough. I mean, I’ve only been a mom for a little over three months and obvi, I am nailing it.
Yup, in just about 100 days, I have even created a proven system that allows any parent to be just as dang perfect as I am, too. Have I got your attention?
Here we go:
- Realize there is no such thing as a perfect parent.
- Wait. That’s it. Oh, and –
- …go refill/reheat your coffee. It’s cold and/or empty, right?
In the past 14 weeks, I’ve come to embrace the fact that each day is different, children have no regard for droll concepts such as schedules and/or routines, and there are certain tasks that WILL get done – but just not in the timeliness they used to be completed in.
As mentioned in Abby’s 3 Month Update last week, she’s become a very good night sleeper, but continues to dislike naptime*. Currently, she actually is napping – but it was a process that took upward of an hour, for a nap that will probably only last 45 minutes.
On the topic of sleep – last night was the first night of using our newly purchased baby monitor, and moving Abby to her crib in her own room. Deep down, I knew she was ready for this, but I resisted because a change like that felt like my little girl was just growing up faster than I wanted. Still, I know that change is the only constant that we have in life – and with that, I set my monitoring notifications, set up camp in the adjoining guest room and – darnit – she did amazingly! She woke up once around 4 AM, ate, then promptly went back to bed. Cue mommy tears…
With each passing day, I realize more and more that time really moves fast when you have a baby around, and I work hard to really drink it all in – the good, the bad, and the ugly – though admittedly, it’s hard to see any ugly in the big picture when you’re around such an adorable little human. Yes, roll your eyes at my sappiness, but it’s this incredibly overwhelming feeling to look at your child sometimes and think, “wow, I made this.”
So, moms and dads – please – give yourself a break! There are a lot of things to be serious about in life – so let raising your children be something you can smile about.
* Abby prefers to take naps either in the carseat (on a drive), in her stroller, or in her carrier (babywearing). I am working on getting her to nap at least once a day in her crib.