Thursday, March 28, 2013

What I've Learned in Nine Months

Well, our baby has officially been outside the womb for as long as she was in it. It's crazy how nine months being pregnant seems to drag on forever and then once they are in the outside world it goes by like a snap. I can not believe my baby is nine months old! I can not believe that we are now on the downhill count towards her first birthday! Waaaaaah

Yesterday was her nine month pediatric appt where we learned that our little mufkin is right on target for where she should be. She's small for her age which surprises me since she was my biggest baby at birth weighing 8 pounds 2 ounces. But don't let her small package fool you. As the doc said when he measured her head circumference... "she's all brain."

So in honor of my little toots turning nine months old I title this blog post: What I've Learned in Nine Months. Just a few things. I don't want to bore you with my infinite knowledge. *snort*

1.) So you've had a kid and think you know a thing or two about parenting a newborn? Think you could get pregnant again and do it all over with ease? HA! Baby #2 will be completely different from baby #1 and you'll spend their first year relearning everything & questioning everything that you thought you already knew that worked before. So when you get pregnant with baby #3 you'll think surely you're an old pro and what can they throw at you that you don't already know, right? BAHAHAHAHAHA *takes deep breath* BAHAHAHAHAHA. Sorry... BAHAHAHAHAHA. Baby #3 has new and different tricks up her sleeve!

2.) Being pregnant at 22 and 24 is a LOT different than being pregnant on the seventh anniversary of your 24th birthday! Things change, man!

3.) Just when you think that you can't possibly stay awake for one. more. second. somehow, somewhere, you get just enough of a burst of energy to manage to stay awake for one. more. second. and then two more seconds and then three more seconds...

4.) If you cut out dairy from your diet, you'll lose a LOT of weight! (But you'll need to supplement with calcium pills. Don't learn this the way I learned it!)

5.) Some blow out diapers just aren't even worth saving the clothes the kid was wearing. Throw 'em away and call it a loss.

6.) Remember after you had that first baby and he/she was your world and then you got pregnant with another and you couldn't fathom dividing your love between two children? And then you find out that you don't have to divide your love because love doesn't divide it multiplies? Well, it's crazy, but it turns out it doesn't matter how many babies you have, somehow you have enough love multiplied to go around to them all! And even though you think your heart is so full it's going to bust, somehow it just keeps stretching to fuller and fuller capacity!

and finally

7.) When people constantly comment to you on how much your baby looks like her daddy, it really does no good to try and dig out baby pictures of yourself to "prove" that nuh-uh, you think she resembles you. Because, even though you grew that tiny human being inside your belly for nine months; even though you spent the first 18 weeks losing more weight than you gained total during your pregnancy; even though you birth that child out of your body with no pain medicine after nine hours of all excruciating back labor... she WILL have the nerve to come out looking nothing like you. But you'll secretly think it's just the cutest thing ever that she's a little miniature version of her daddy. Only cuter :)

The little darling herself. Taken yesterday with my phone at Panera Bread:

I wish you could see her shoes in this pic. They are leopard and adorable and will make you swoon. But shoot dang those jeans are too long. And that thumb in her mouth... yeah. Adorable right? Her daddy doesn't like that she's a thumb sucker but I think it's cute. But in this pic I think she was more chewing on it. Yesterday the pediatrician said that she'll probably bust a tooth in any day now (she doesn't have any yet) because she's showing all of the signs... and that usually when they get them late like this, they'll get them all at once. so yay! We have that to look forward to!

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