Since I received those nice comments on the last baby post, Iâll do another one. It feels good that you guys are still reading this blog. Below are a few more photos.
Baby gets a kick out of seeing her own photos on my monitor, and on the walls, fireplace mantle, tops of bookshelves, etc. Weâve made her vain, if thatâs even possible at this age. When she sees me take out the camera she gives me a gigantic smile showing her teeth. When I take out her TOY camera she even smiles for it.
When I took her into the bathroom to wash her hands today, she said âbafrooâ. I guess Iâll add a check next to âBeing able to say the word âbathroomâ at 10.75 monthsâ on her checklist of accomplishments. Kidding.
Here are a few things Iâve learned lately:
- The only constant, ironically, is change.
- I have to stop worrying about how everyone views me as a parent.
- Some details donât matter. Details like exactly which month I wean her from breastfeeding arenât going to ruin her life 18 years later.
- I let her take her clothes out of the drawers and make a mess on the floor. It keeps her occupied, she has fun, and itâs not like sheâs pouring milk all over the carpet.
- Saying ânoâ 238472 times a day is tiring and useless. I save it for the important stuff, like staying away from outlets, eating cat litter, biting the cats, or biting me. I donât say it when she dumps drawers full of clothes on the floor.
- I let her play with her food. She learns how to eat that way. Her development trumps my life being easier by keeping a sterile environment 24/7.
- Kids bite/lick/eat the handlebar of the shopping carts. I almost puked in my mouth when I saw it first happen.
- Iâve come to hate the label âmomâ or âmotherâ. I donât know why I feel so hostile when I hear it. I was a person, just like everyone else, before I became a mom. But âmomâ erases the past. Maybe I just hate labels.
- Milestones shouldnât be thought of as a contest, or used in a checklist. They are just a guide. Same as weight/height charts. Is she happy and healthy? Yes? Then sheâs doing fine and youâre doing fine.
Those are just a few thoughts, anyone else have some theyâd like to add?