My crying-inconsolably-in-the-middle-of-the-night-newborn became my stomping-through-the-house-growling-almost-one-year-old in a matter of seconds. Well, okay, some days dragged and dragged, like the teething ones. But in the grand scheme of things, these little human beings develop at an astonishingly rapid pace and thinking about it nearly makes my head explode! No wonder we have no capacity to reserve our infant memories, because we learn so much in a matter of days that it’s impossible to extract a single memory in our overworked brains!
And in the midst of preventing my head from exploding, I’ve failed to write and post in this here blog. The past few months have been milestone after milestone, and Josephine erupts with personality each time. Never in a million years would I have guessed that our little Josephine would get up and start walking at 10 months old, before her feet could even fit into proper walking shoes.
For those embarking on motherhood for the first time, or those thinking about starting a family one day, here are some pieces of knowledge I’ve gathered:
1. The first 3 months kind of suck. Or majorly suck…depending on how much your baby cries, which is directly correlated to how much sleep you get. #truth #icriedtoo #butthenewbornbabypictureswerecute
2. Skip the jar food as much as possible, they’re kind of a gimmick. (Although this could be a controversial parenting topic, because, what isn’t?)
3. After about the third time your baby eats dirt/sand, they’ll get the message and won’t do it again.
4. Baby’s butts are made of some sort of unbruisable material that helps them fall and get back up like nothing ever happened. It’s effortless slapstick entertainment at its finest.
And most of all, 5. Trust yourself. As far as I know, no one knows exactly what they’re doing when they have their first kid (or even second, and third…) I used to spend hours pouring over books and blogs about colic and sleep-training, but at the end of the day, itis most beneficial to trust your instinct. Oh, and it’s okay if they cry. It’s kind of what babies do.