Monday, September 28, 2009

So Far So Good...

OK, So I am totally amazed that the baby in this ultrasound photo is now here--smiling, cooing, kicking her legs like crazy, and has forever changed my life if ways I could have never imagined.

I posted this ultrasound picture back in May, asking for advice on having a new baby. As I read the comments now, they take on a totally different meaning to me, like what kathmomofsix said:

Take care of yourself so you can take care of your baby. It takes about three to six months to adjust to the change of adding baby to your family. It takes about the same amount of time to adjust to each new addition. That is normal. There are emotional and physical adjustments. Just because it is hard does not mean you're doing something wrong.

I love the part where she said "There are emotional and physical adjustments. Just because it is hard does not mean you're doing something wrong".

I knew everything was about to change, but until I experienced having a baby firsthand, I really had no idea. I have found that so many times I am second guessing myself and wondering if I am doing this wrong....Am I holding her too much? Should I let her cry longer? Is she sleeping too much? Is she not sleeping enough? Should I give her more to eat? What if I do this wrong and I ruin her life for good?

Well, I am slowly starting to realize that there is no "right or wrong". I have begun to trust my gut (as well as listen to the pediatrician, the books, my mom, and friends) but mostly listen to my instincts and trust myself that I can do this. And guess what? She's three months old and hasn't spontaneously combusted due to my lack of experience. She's happy and healthy and sleeping through the night!

Kathmomofsix, you'll be happy to know that I have been reading to her since she was 4 weeks old. I read her the same story every night and she has started to "coo" when she hears me read during our nighttime routine. It's the most amazing thing I have experienced in my life thus far.

I know this is only beginning....any advice for 3 months and growing?

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