“It goes by so fast, enjoy it!”
Everyone said this to me, and it couldn’t be more true. I blinked my eyes and somehow this 7lb 1oz 21 inch baby turned into a toddler.
The first few weeks I cried every time she had to eat. It was painful, she wouldn’t latch, and she wanted to nurse constantly. It was frustrating, but I kept at it. Now I cry when she nurses because she’s 1 and it’s time to start weaning her.
She cried A LOT. I would get so frustrated that I couldn’t get any laundry done, I couldn’t cook, I couldn’t clean, I couldn’t do anything! If I was there she wanted to nurse or be held by me. This is still partially true, but it’s so much easier now. We do laundry, cook, and clean together every day all while singing, dancing and making it fun!
She woke every 2 hours for a long time. That hasn’t improved much, but I’m adjusting as best I can to the lack of sleep in my life. (Coffee is my friend).
I could go on and on about what a difference a year makes. Every day I have to remind myself “you’re doing a good job.” Us moms are so hard on ourselves! It’s ok to get frustrated, it’s ok to cry, it’s ok to be tired, and it’s ok to not want to listen to baby shark one more time. You’re still doing a good job!
If you’re a new mom, let the laundry go, let the dishes pile up, and embrace that little baby because before you know it, that baby will be 1. It goes by so fast, enjoy it!