I love being socially active. I get it from my Mama. I enjoy being involved at my daughters’ school, at our mosque, in Girl Scouts, and being out with friends. There’s so much to see, do, and be a part of in my community that it’s hard to stay at home and sit out on all the fun. Of course my priority is my family and home. Once all is in order, except for a load or two of laundry, it’s off we go to interact, explore, and enjoy. My family is all on board except for one little, very vocal member… Amani.
It doesn’t feel too long ago that I was crying to my midwife about being 10 days overdue. At the time, I felt like I would be “pregnant forever.” Of course, that wasn’t the case and Amani finally graced us with her presence. Then came the next “never ending” phase of sleep deprivation and newborn nursing sessions. She was so tiny, and the nights were so long. The days blurred into weeks, and before I knew it, my baby girl turned 4 months old.
From the moment my alarm goes off in the morning until I put my head down late at night, everything I do is for my family. Getting ready for school, tending to the baby, running errands, cleaning up around here, making meals, playing with my toddler, playing taxi, homework…You get the idea! All day, every day, I’m focused on this family of mine. I’m a mom, it’s what I do. It’s what I love.
However, every now and then, I need a chance to break free and enjoy myself, alone. Well, not alone, but with my friends! I’m a firm believer that every mom out there needs a regular girl’s night out.
I keep catching myself referring to Amani as a newborn. At nearly 5 months, I think it’s safe to say we’re well past that stage. I’m just having such a hard time letting go of that phase.
As usual, it was a blur of sleep deprivation, a rollercoaster of postpartum hormone induced mood swings, and a period of denial that time is moving way too fast. When her sisters were 5 months old, they were all already sleeping in the crib through the night. As for Amani, I’ve kept her in my bedroom by my side for as long as I could.
Now, she’s showing signs that it’s time to transition to a crib.
Amani is quickly approaching 6 months, which as we all know, will signal the start of solids! Sure, we’re over a month away from that milestone, but I can’t help but think about it from now. She’s been so different from her sisters, so I know that everything I thought I knew and have done with my previous daughters will not be what goes down with Amani. Challenge accepted!
What I do know is that she’ll need bibs… lots and lots of bibs. These two pack bib sets from Disney Store are so cute! I can’t wait to start accessorizing meal time with these adorable bibs.