Motherhood does not fit a specific mold. You have to be versatile, ready for changes at the drop of a hat. I lived my life very specifically before I became a mother. I was a punctual, full-time working, friend, family, and girlfriend. I could plan exactly how much time, to the minute, I would need for everything that made up my day.
Then my world shifted. I had to learn to slow down, and get accustomed to spending many days in one place. The “get up and go” lifestyle doesn’t exactly work with a newborn. We nursed around the clock, and the most we would do is drive down the street to my parents.
Fast forward to now, 9 months later, and our days are completely different. We wake up as a family, and I’m greeted with the most beautiful beginnings of a tooth-filled smile. I can drink coffee with Blake while Mila munches on fruit and yogurt. We plan play dates, because her new favorite thing is playing with other babies. In between nursing she loves to steal bites of my meals, so my lunch and snack times are always very interesting these days. Car rides are less stressful. Less diaper blowouts. More laughter, singing, dancing, and almost walking. In general, our days are exciting for her and her ever growing mind.
There are plenty of things that still make parts of our day difficult, like when I haven’t eaten all day and desperately need to cook, but that’s when the closeness of babywearing makes life easier. Even at 9 months, she’s a champion nurser, so I still have to slow down like I did in those first few months. It reminds me of the beauty of motherhood as I examine her rapidly changing features, soaking it in at the ends of our busy days.
Every day is completely different. I have always loved change, but to be honest, I would just love to pause time. I miss those newborn days when people would tell me to slow down and rest. Of course, those days were much less eventful and much more mundane (in a good way, if that word could ever have a positive connotation). I’m slowly getting back to a “get up and go” mindset, and I hope that it will open Mila’s world to a wide array of sights and experiences. Ask me in a few months what our days look like, and I can guarantee the answer will be insanely different 🙂