Sunday, September 29, 2013

10ish Things I learned in my first year as a mom....

Well, since I've been a mom for a year now, I am a pro (HA!). I thought I'd write up a blog post about all the things I've learned and what I'm excited to learn in the future....

1. I think this is what rings true to all things (this is what inspired me to write this post...) - Stop trying to figure things out. Dylan slept through the night at about 5 weeks old. Everyone always asked me how. And I never had an answer. We were just lucky. Then, (I don't even remember when) he decided he was going to wake up every hour for about 2 months. Was he teething? Did he have an ear infection? Was he stuffy? Was it growing pains? I think I made myself even more exhausted trying to figure it out. Don't try to figure it out. Just deal with it. This too, shall pass.

2. Never say never. There are so many things that I said I would never do as a mom and I find myself doing them all the time. He will never sleep in bed with us, I will never not give him a well rounded meal for dinner (as he is currently eating applesauce, easy mac, broccoli, cheerios, water, and milk), I will never change his diaper in public, I will never nurse in public, I will never let him put his mouth on anything outside of our house....I found myself doing all of these things, and you know what? He's still alive.

3. Hotdogs and peanut butter are not that scary.

4. It's okay to not have the answers. 90% of the time when Dylan is crying, I have absolutely no idea why. None whatsoever. STILL. I thought this would go away as he got older but it hasn't. I always thought I would know exactly why he was crying because I am his mom. This is not the case. And I'm okay with it.

4a. It's okay to throw your hands in the air and say "I quit." You're not actually going to quit being a mom. There are times when I have no idea why he's crying and he's just reaching for something so I keep giving him random things to hopefully pacify him and I fail miserably each time. So I quit.

5. Kids that don't nap SUCK. This would be my child. I know I should be grateful because he sleeps through the night and has for a while but because he naps horribly (40 minutes - an hour and 20 minutes), I get NOTHING done. EVER.

6. Sign language is awesome. Only if your child uses it correctly though. Mine does. It's cool.

7. Register for your baby shower wisely. There are a number of things that I thought I needed and I didn't touch. KEEP RECEIPTS!! Just because a swaddle blanket with velcro worked for one person doesn't mean it's going to work for you. I always give those and pacifiers and pacifier clips now for gifts but I always give receipts.

8. Nursing is a science. It's not as easy as putting your baby up to your boob every 2-3 hours. But don't shy away from it. Once you get the hang of it, it's pretty awesome. It's free!

9. Don't feel guilty if you have someone else watch your kid. I get off of work around 3/3:30 2-3 days a week and I keep Dylan at school until 5 on those days. Why? Please refer to number 5.

10. I could never be a stay at home mom with a baby. Never ever ever. I would go absolutely crazy.

But, I love this guy, and I would absolutely do anything for this sweet little face....
Anyone have anything else they would like to share that they learned?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

1 year old!

Wow! I officially have a one year old! Maybe even a toddler. I also officially suck at blogging. I haven't posted since his 11 month old one. Oops. I hope to get better.

Now on to one year old Dylan....

*He loves to wave bye-bye. Anytime you say "do you want to go bye bye?" He waves his hands bye-bye ferociously and starts getting excited. If you're standing by the front door, he will point to the car and yell if you're not moving fast enough.

*He loves to give kisses. Now when I say kisses, I mean opening his mouth really wide and lunging at your face.

*He absolutely loves to dance. He will dance when there isn't even any music on.

*He's officially crawling up the stairs and furniture walking. He will walk with one of his walker toys as well. He won't do it very far but he'll do it.

*He is off of bottles. I did that right after his one year appointment. I gave him one more bottle that night and we haven't looked back. It's amazing how much more food he'll eat now.

*He has his two teeth on the bottom and one and a half on the top.

*We are trying to hard to get rid of his morning nap but it's pretty difficult. Sometimes he's the only one at school awake for a few hours because all of his other friends are sleeping and are on one nap a day.

*His favorite foods are: Cheez-its, chicken (but without the breading...weirdo), peas, carrots, applesauce with cinnamon, saltines, still Puffs, maple wheels, pancakes with applesauce (thanks grandma!), milk, BANANAS!!!!!, grilled cheese, tater tots/french fries....

*Still saying "mama" and "dada" all the time.