In a few days, I will be the mom to an amazing wonderful nine month old. I can’t believe it as time is flying, but it is amazing to see her grow, watch her little personality develop, and see how she learns. Since she went to bed relatively early and I finished making her some more baby food, I figured I’d take the time to update my blog. She’s still trying to figure out crawling forward, but she can crawl backwards and will look around – see where she wants to go and then position her legs that way. Smart little cookie!
Lately, it’s been all about Mom (ever since the cruise it seems). It’s gotten to the point where if she wants to be held by me, she’ll fuss as poor Daddy is holding her while I’m trying to quickly eat my food next to him. It’s gotten quite silly, and I’m afraid we’ve been giving Daddy a bit of a complex – however, she made up for it with her first word.
What was her first word? Da-Da, of course. She was looking around and babbling and then said “Da-Da” and looked at him, so of course, I passed her over to him and she said it again! She has said it a few times since then to her Daddy and it melts his heart. He’s been trying to work on saying Ma-Ma with her, but it takes time. She tries, and I love that they have this little bond.
Our little Princess at Bok Tower Gardens
She still loves her food – and eats a lot of it. She ate 90% of a banana at lunch today and had some pineapple and apple with it. I still can’t figure out where she is putting all this food, but as long as she’s happy and healthy that’s all that matters -she can eat eat eat.
We’re still making all of her baby food fresh from foods. It’s been an adventure. I’ve learned how to puree many things – what works, what doesn’t work. I’ve learned how much water I need to use if any as we’re getting into more solid type foods. However, with how much she eats I’m definitely spending a fair chunk of my time once she’s asleep making baby food. She’s almost to the point where I’ll just be able to blend up what we’re eating for dinner though which will be an odd adjustment. Until then – I’ll keep making her food. (Favorites so far would probably be Sweet Potato, Banana, and Avocado with Pears, Apples, Carrots, Asparagus, and Oatmeal as a close second). I’m definitely glad that I am making her food and with her Baby Bullet it makes it easy.
Since she is almost nine months, I’m starting to think about her first birthday – with her first birthday there will be changes which is good as it means she’s growing. However, I realize that our Breastfeeding journey is almost 3/4 of the way over. When I started breastfeeding, my goal was to make it six months. In those early weeks, I struggled as it was all that I was doing. She loves to eat and wanted to eat all the time. Her cluster feedings drove me crazy, it made me wonder if I was cut for Breastfeeding. Then suddenly without me even realizing it, we made it to six months. Months three through six seemed to fly by breastfeeding wise. I made it through pumping at work and getting my supply for her. I was proud of my accomplishment and now I realize I’m going to have a new struggle of figuring out how to wean.
Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone and not everyone can, but I am so grateful and thankful that we have this bond. I’ll soon have to learn how to parent without my boobs as it is so easy when she’s fussy or wants to fall asleep to give her some milk which is what she wants and makes her happy. It will be an adjustment, but a good one once I’m through the emotional part of it as it means she’s growing which is the best gift ever.
I’ve learned that as a parent, I’m a big fan of letting the housework wait and spending time watching her play or cuddle. She naps well at daycare, but one day a week when I could be getting stuff done, I hold her for a nap while I catch up on some DVR’d shows. It’s our tradition and we both know it and we love it. I won’t be able to hold her like this forever, she’ll only be little for so long and I plan on getting in all the cuddles I can. The house will always have to be cleaned and I put her down enough to do it, some days all you need are Mom/Baby cuddles.
We’ve managed to go out for our Anniversary and we realized that we’re okay with how little we get out without her. Yes we have some wonderful baby sitters since we don’t have family close, but at the end of the day since it is mainly the three of us we like spending that time together. We’re going out as a family to the Theme Parks a bit more or to Bok Tower Gardens – in fact, i just ordered a travel play yard that we can take to Bok Tower or on other adventures as we continue to watch her explore. (I feel a Beach Trip will be in order soon!)
Is Motherhood what I thought it would be? Yes and no. There are moments where I have a headache or when she pees on me and I spend the next hour getting her ready for bed in wet clothes that I struggle and I almost wish I’d have a moment to go get medicine or change my clothes and shower.
However, I didn’t imagine that I would lose myself in this amazing little girl and that seeing the world through her eyes is better than anything and warms my heart. Us being together as a family – that is the best gift in the world.