With tons of help from Leo's grandparents, I'm a full-fledged happily-single mom now. From the ickiest of spit-up to happy babbling, from mastering the art of baby-carrying to mega-meltdowns in the car, from nursing to solids, from picking up where I left off in school to loads & loads of laundry... Here we are, half a year since my last blog post. Leo is my dream come true, my compass, my motivation to be a better person. My reason for not being able to blog as much!
The complaints are few, and mostly selfish: shorter showers and five-bite meals, an almost non-existent social life with people my age, and not enough piano-playing time to suit my fancy. I am my son's own personal on-demand entertainer extraordinaire - fanning my hands and fingers in the air like a magician gone batty. I find myself humming nursery rhymes even when I'm alone. (The itsy-bitsy spider is a fave). I've become pretty awesome at the following:
- changing baby's poopy diapers
- washing baby's poopy butt
- making really silly faces
- blending baby food from scratch
- sensing when baby is sleepy, hungry, or bored
- creating new, inventive styles of "peekaboo"
- trimming teeny-tiny baby fingernails and toenails without too much anxiety
- cleaning liquids off my shoulder, lap, or hair
- loading and unloading baby equipment out of the car
- sneaking out of a room when baby is asleep
- completing an average of 3 to 5 chores/errands in 30-minutes or less
- avoiding the gouging-out of my own eyes by an infant
The first month seemed like the most difficult. Leo was just soooo tiny and fragile (even though he was pretty big for his age) - and most of the time I was thinking to myself, "If I could just help him survive/thrive this first month, everything will be OKAY." The second month was less anxious, but we weren't exactly relaxed into a routine yet. Month three was fun because Leo was showing the first signs of his "Hi, I'm interactive now" stage. Months 4 and 5 were a blast! We were introduced to two bottom teeth, babbling, giggling & full-on LOL'ing, squealing and top-notch shrieking. This last month has been fun, because we have somewhat of a regular schedule going on now. And though Leo's diapers are stinkier than ever due to solid foods, they are less SCARY and less messy, if you catch my drift. Or maybe I'm just really getting the hang of this!
We just celebrated Halloween, so I feel it's necessary to share his costume:
...and maybe a pumpkin sighting or two:
If you've read this far, then thanks for your time and interest! I hope to share more fun moments with you, sooner than later. The holidays are upon us (well that's what the aisles at Target say, anyhow) so you are guaranteed some photos at the very least! I will try my best to avoid dressing Leo like a little turkey, pilgrim, elf or Santa.