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....