I am a little over 10 weeks into this motherhood thing and I still don’t know much, but I can say without a doubt that life changes every day. And there are three big things that I have come to realize in the past few weeks that I wish I had understood earlier, so I would like to share my most recent epiphanies about motherhood in month 2:
1. Constant change: Sometimes I fear I am jinxing things if I say how well something is going (like a few weeks ago when I said “I’m killing it” and then my baby got her first cold and all our good sleep habits went out the door), but I think the truth is that nothing is static. Life as a new human (and new parent) is a dynamic, constantly changing, roller coaster ride! Sometimes it is insanely fun, and from time to time it is overwhelming and you think you may puke. The ONLY thing that is reliable these days is that things will change.
2. Just do it: The first time you do something is the scariest, so just take the plunge and it will get easier. Pumping, putting in the car seat, and taking baby G on her first flight all scared the shit out of me before I did them, and now they are just normal life.
3. Just keep trying: If we think things are scary for us parents the first time, then they are equally as scary – if not more – for the babe the first time we try something new. So instead of saying “oh my baby doesn’t like the car seat (or pacifier, or bottle, or crib, etc)”, I’ve come to realize that they probably won’t like any new thing right off the bat, but after a few times of trying (or a LOT of times of trying when it comes to the bottle for us!) they get familiar and used to it (well fingers crossed!).
So we are just doing our best to ride the waves of change and taking the plunge on new things every single day. Here are a few pictures from the last month of baby G’s adventures and a whole ton of “firsts”: