Shameful confession: It's been a MONTH since I last blogged! WHAAAAT?! Tisk tisk, right?! Things have just been so crazy lately with our travels to Florida and then California and birthday party planning! I seriously cannot believe my baby turns ONE this week! How is that possible guys?!
I remember this week last year so vividly. It was hot, I was huge, and I felt so insanely stressed waiting on our baby. The whole not knowing when your baby is going to come starts to really toy with you during those final weeks! And when you're days away from your due date, it gets pretty bad. I remember going out to lunch with my mom the day I went into labor. Well, we had lunch and then that night I went into labor. I was SO crabby. I was snapping at everything, everyone was pissing me off, and I just wanted to be left alone in an air conditioned room! Ha!
So anyway, the purpose behind this post is more comedic value than anything. I want to shed some light on alllllll the things I THOUGHT I knew and was experiencing before Asher's arrival vs. the reality that is now. Ok, maybe not all, but definitely a few that stick out!
1. Being tired. LOLOLOLOL. I WISH I was as tired as I thought I was back then! Granted I have been blessed with a baby who sleeps wonderfully, and has done so from about 6-7 months on. But there are still nights where he is up 3, 4, 5 times needing me and some days where he gets up at 4am, 5am, and 6am. The problem with it now, is I'm somewhat used to sleeping through the night. So when he has an off night or a few, it really sucks! Just like that exhaustion train that smacks you once you have a newborn and they're up every 2 hours....it's something new and you're not used to it!
2. Sneezing. I remember being somewhere along in my pregnancy, sneezing in Target and peeing a little. It was embarrassing and pretty depressing. Thankfully, I was the only one who knew it had happened. Ladies, let me tell you, that was NOTHING compared to the post birth sneezes! Lol. While my body has strengthened quite a bit almost a year later, I still cannot sneeze and not pee myself. I have to fully prepare for it and I can usually manage it but those sneaky ones that come out of no where- forget it.
3. Oh I won't let MY BABY do this or that. WRONG. While I am pretty strict on some things when it comes to Asher, there have been some things I have completed caved on. In the midst of all of our travels and plane rides and long car rides, we have kind of given in to things we thought we wouldn't. Truth be told: IF IT KEEPS THEM HAPPY, LET IT BE. Haha. To a small degree of course. Now that he's older and starting to learn what "no" means and understanding more and more, we have been able to control him a bit better. But somedays mamas, Chuggington and Mickey Mouse will get you till bedtime. Amiright?!
4. Milestones. According to my mother in law, my husband walked at 9 months. For some reason, that made me think my son would too. He's almost 1 and isn't walking yet and I AM A-OK with that! I get emails from baby center every few weeks, telling me what I should be looking out for and what my baby "should" be doing. I remember being concerned because my baby wasn't sitting up unsupported at 6 months and thinking, "is he ok?". The more days I watch him and am his mama, the more I completely disregard those emails. My baby is happy, healthy, and thriving. He will sit, crawl, walk, eat, and feed himself all in his time. My job is to encourage and support him in those moments and they will come!
5. Styling my baby. LOLLLL. I had all these (and still do!) adorable and fashionable baby outfits saved on Pinterest. Oh my goodness, these baby clothing companies really know how to market! Cute little beanies for babies, adorable wordings on their onesies, and so on. TRUE LIFE: Your baby will change clothes approximately 47 times a day due to bodily fluids of some sort. Also, your baby will outgrow that outfit in 6 days. I quickly found all of this out and second hand stores became my best friend in those months of quick grow spurts and spit up stages!
So there you have it. My top 5 moments of then and now. I can't wait to think of and write more! Of course, these are just my own personal laugh-out-loud parenting moments but I'd love to hear some of yours! <3