Time is flying by and not flying by; if that makes any sense. I feel like each day holds a new challenge in parenthood. Yesterday, we dealt with a seriously unhappy boy. Today, we got to experience what a sleepy baby is like. Each day Mike and I are trying to navigate this whole parenthood thing with a smile on our face, even though there are so many challenging and trying moments. Patience has never been my virtue, but I feel like James is helping me to become a better version of myself. I am trying to become that nurturing, patient, loving, kind, role model and Mother to him. It’s definitely hard to do, because there are days that I feel like I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing! I guess that’s what that whole phrase of “fake it until you make it” means. I use that mantra especially during the 1 hour colicky crying spells, when I attempt to position the babe in 1,000 different positions until I can find that 1 position that helps. Thank goodness that colic resolves in a few months!
I can’t believe that I already have been off work for 6 weeks and only have 6 more weeks of maternity leave left. Yikes! I am definitely trying to savor these moments, even if trying, because they are fleeting. This baby boy is growing so fast and in 6 weeks I will not get to spend everyday with him. I am sad about this fact, that I will be returning to work, but a return to work will also help me get to put back on one of my many hats: physical therapist. It’s definitely something I miss, my professional working life, but I am sure once I return to work I will be missing my baby’s cute face. No one ever said parenting would be easy!
James, or Sweet Baby James as he’s often called, as I mentioned is growing like a weed. He was 11 pounds, 6 ounces and 22.5 inches at his 1 month pediatrician appointment. I like to call him my “milk monster”, “ginormous baby”, “little chunk”, and “monster baby”. He is definitely going to be a big boy!
I am definitely feeling like I am nearly back to 100% in terms of how my body feels and functions. I doubt I am back to my pre-pregnancy weight (I don’t like to acknowledge the scale) and my stomach still feels rather squishy (yuck). My hair is enjoying falling out in chunks and decorating our carpets like I am shedding dog (one of the lovely things they don’t tell you about the post-partum period). But I can definitely say I excited to get back to running in less than 2 weeks (not that I’m counting) and starting to hit up the weights and doing ab exercises again. My squishy body needs it!
Some updated photos of SBJ at 1 month: