Wow it's been a hot minute since I last blogged. Hannah turned 10 months a couple weeks ago, can you believe that? Of course I started planning her first birthday already. Hello craft projects! We've also been dealing with little girl's first cold (resulting in all of us getting sick), so that's been super fun. Needless to say, there just doesn't seem to be enough time in the day.
I think it's pretty obvious that having a baby changes your lives. People told us this all time while I was pregnant. I always responded with the casual head nod. But I never really knew how much our lives would change... until it did.
> For the first 4 months my husband and I never ate dinner together. One person had to hold the baby and watch in hunger as the other person ate.
> And who has time to cook? When she was little she always wanted to be held. Now that she's mobile, she just clings onto my leg and wants to see what I'm doing. I admire the people who find the time to work, cook, and look after a baby. Seriously, tell me your secret. I did buy myself a crock pot and that has really been a game-changer for us.
> We used to go to the movies every couple of months. Now we can only wish we had the time to sit through an entire movie on dvd without having to pause it to tend to the baby. One time it took us 4.5 hours to finish a whole movie.
> Say goodbye to privacy. Since Hannah started crawling, she has become my shadow. Everywhere mama went, baby went too... including the bathroom.
> Say goodbye to hot coffee. I never get to finish a whole cup while it's still hot. Lukewarm coffee has become the norm.
> We do things based on the baby's sleep schedule. People always say "don't let the baby run your schedule". Sure, that's easy for you to say, but try dealing with an overtired baby. We made that mistake once. Never again.
> Babies demand a lot of attention. Like, all of your attention all the time.
> Remember when I used to be a fashion blogger? Sigh.
> There's never enough time. Between work, maintaining a house, and being with the baby... I barely have any free time. Plus, don't forget things like eating and showering. I consider those things luxury to-dos. I'm pretty exhausted by the end of the day so I go to bed early.. I'm talking 9pm. So lame!
However, and this will sound totally cliche, it's true what they say about the amount of love you have for your baby. It's indescribable. And it's a feeling you only really understand when you become a parent. Every day I look at my baby girl and I just feel so thankful. I love watching her grow, learn new things, laugh and dance, and just be happy. She's getting ready to walk and I'm both excited and petrified at the same time! I love her more and more with each day that passes. That's the biggest change... putting someone else before anything and everything in my life. And I wouldn't have it any other way.