I already knew that I loved babies — especially babies from my genetic pool — but man, you guys. I had no idea how much I’d love being an aunt. Of course it doesn’t exactly compare to the primal love of a mother and child, but there’s a very special and unique bond between an aunt and her nephew.
After over four months strapped into a brace for 23 hours each day, Benjamin’s hip dysplasia is finally improved enough to start the weaning-down process.
AND HE COULDN’T BE HAPPIER ABOUT THIS.
He’s still in the brace for naps and bedtime, but his waking hours are now beautifully, wonderfully unrestricted. Here’s a little peek at how that went:
I found this buried under pages of unpublished writing from the first few post-baby months as a new mom, and I think it perfectly sums up the unique and unexpected ways that a baby can change you…
It’s the mantra of motherhood, echoing through the decades: “Everything changes.” I’ve even said it myself because, really, those two words about all a new mother can muster when faced with the enormity of her new life. Fear mongers warn of being awake for 56 consecutive hours, screaming cries that last for three months straight, and breasts that whither from a D cup to an A cup. I was warned, “You’ll have empty tube socks in your bra.”
I was expecting the physical changes and an increase in daily responsibilities — like, I’d have to pack some diapers before I left the house, and I’d have to put little locks on my kitchen cabinets. But those weren’t the real changes. Here are 10 ways my life changed in the first few months as a new mom:
SALE ALERT you thrifty mama/papa, you.
Target is having a sale on all of their Baby Einstein gear and toys — from activity “exersaucers” to crib music soothers — and we have a special coupon code!
With the news that Finding Nemo will soon be back with a much-anticipated sequel, the classic Pixar flick has been playing a lot in our house. (A lot.) And I’m not at all complaining because, honestly?, it might be my favorite Disney movie.
I know, I know, I know. That’s a big statement. I’ve never been able to commit to just one favorite Disney movie — do I go with my childhood favorite Little Mermaid, a modern gem like Tangled, or the original Disney-Pixar mega hit Toy Story — but then MY GOD, WHICH TOY STORY? And then there’s The Lion King.
But if I’m being honest with myself, I love when my son holds up Finding Nemo with his “please?” eyes darting to the DVD player. It’s not just the compelling storyline and visual beauty, but it has some of the sweetest, most profound life lessons wrapped up in one children’s movie. Life lessons that I stress every time we watch this classic: