How a Baby Changed Our Lives

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.

61 comments:

Amy Fashion Blog said...

Hannah is so adorable. I have some friend who baby is almost 5 month old and then can't even leave the house. Due to the baby is cranky all the time.

Rakhshanda Rizvi said...

You are right honey, a baby really changes the parents life. Your daughter looks so cute in every pic! The last one is so adorable. Enjoy dear! Kisses <3

mariafelicia magno said...

she's adorable...i love her leggings..
kisses

two birds said...

Yes to all of this! The luke warm coffee one made me laugh. That seriously doesn't change, even as they get older. My kids always follow me into the bathroom, too. If I shut the door, Ben will sit next to it and stick his little hands under the door until I come out. Ha! She is SO cute and I can tell you are an awesome mama.

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

well this post came at the most appropriate time for me. As you probably know, I'm pregnant with my first and like you, I've been told how life changes DRAMATICALLY. I understand this as a concept but obviously have no experience to relate to. I can only imagine.

This might especially be more challenging since we don't have close family around us. So, it feels like we're literally "on our own." I hope there's some relief in some good friends! haha.

I also hope that despite the change, you and your hubby still have time for each other! I have also been told to schedule time for each other. Probably easier said than done I'm sure but let's hope scheduling can be done! =)

xo,
nancy

Pooja Mittal said...

ur really scaring me for when i have babies but the pics of ur doll's pics just made up for it :)
and i do miss ur outfit posts
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lisacng @ expandng.com said...

Sorry for baby's first cold! At least Spring is around the corner! Happy 10 months, little one! I agree with you on EVERYTHING. Children change your lives. One day (when you're not so sleep deprived and can do something JUST.FOR.YOU), you'll wonder how you ever lived your life without her -- that adorable bundle of joy.

sugarlens said...

Love this update. I agree with you on everything, especially the cooking part. It's better now because my kids are older and can entertain on their own, but when they were Hannah's age? Those days were a blur.

Katie said...

she is SO cute! and i agree with all that! it really is so crazy how much your life changes! and of course SO worth it!

Ricademus said...

Not lame and there are no secrets. Clearly you are doing a great job as a mom. Eventually some moms resort to locking the bathroom door. :) I'm sorry about cold--and that the germs made the rounds through the family. I'm sure you know this, but that will become a Sept/Oct tradition. School starts and then there's a germ frenzy.

PS - I had an epiphany of sorts the first time I held my daughter. I realized my parents must have felt the same way about me as I did about her. Then I remembered she was a first born and I was #6, so they were probably too tired to feel anything at that point. lol

Jane said...

Sorry to hear about her cold! Hope everyone is feeling better and no more colds for the rest of the winter months. Happy 10 months ;)

Anouk said...

Thanks for sharing your own personal experience as a young mother. It's amazing how much Hannha has grown and that she can already stand up! Wishing you lots of happy family moments together... maybe Hannah will one day have her own fashion blog? :)

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Sarah Hartley said...

Here's my secret for being able to work, and then cook, and have the baby occupied: TEAMWORK. While I cook (or vice versa), B occupies Henry and then we all sit at the table and eat together. It's exhausting but this ensures that we're able to eat together and not have to have take out every night. Although if there are two babies someday, who knows how we'll do!

Frannie Pantz said...

It's a total game of what works and what doesn't and I hate to say it but it can take yeeeeears. I have been a mother for over 14 years and I still have yet to perfect it. Things will get better though the older that Hannah gets. Honest. As she is able to get herself to bed and doesn't need changed or fed and as she is less interested in what you are doing, it is easier to do all the things you can't remember having time to do before she was here--like showering. Of course at that time, you will miss her little snuggles and her wanting to tug at your leg. I know it sounds weird, but they get bigger and more independent and it is really more convenient! But it's a tradeoff because the more they can do things themselves the less they need you and the older they get the less that they want you to be at their side. You'll get the hang of it. In the meantime, you are doing JUST fine. Don't worry about a thing. That little girl is a total doll. Enjoy her and every interrupted minute that you can. I do recommend letting someone you trust watch her now and then so that you and your husband can have time together. It is crucial that you not forget to be a couple and not just mom and dad.

Sarah said...

Lol at the bathroom one. Sometimes my little people want to literally sit in my lap while I pee, talk about strange. They just want to be as close as possible. Weirdos. My husband has perfected the eat with kid on lap and not spill food in their head. I have yet to master that talent. :-) she is so cute and I can't wait to see her birthday pictures

Skylette from Sequins & Stilettos said...

We can soooo relate to the movie comment. When we had our first, we almost gave up on movie rental night. ;) It gets better, I promise!

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Emmylou said...

Belated happy 10 months to little Hannah:)
It is amazing how one little bundle of joy can turn your life upside down:)

Rachelle Pinksole said...

It may be challenging but I think you are doing amazing because Hannah seems so happy and healthy. She's the cutest.

Susannah said...

<3 Being a mom really is the best thing ever. Your little one is getting more and more adorable as she gets older!

Happiness at Mid Life said...

That first year was a total blur but it does get easier but busier at the same time. Now it's all about driving my son to all his sports & social activities.

Your baby girl is so adorable!

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prettyanddelectable.com said...

She's adorable! I'm still trying to figure out how to juggle everything. :P It is so fun watching these little ones grow up and discover the world! :)

Mihaela Pojogu said...

I know she deserve all the time in the world and in the same time is a hard work. So beautiful your little treasure!
xo

Kathleen Harper said...

Great update. She's growing so fast! Can't wait to hear more about her first birthday party plans!
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Mrs C said...

Your girl is growing up so fast.. they all do. Parenthood is bittersweet. It's fulfilling even if it is not easy and the responsibility could sometimes be overwhelming but it is all worth it. My boys will be leaving for college in a year and a half and I am seriously not looking forward :(

Sam Cole said...

It's all worth it isn't? She's too adorable. Savor all the time when she's little, they grow up so fast.

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Beauty Follower said...

How adorable she looks with the head band!

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Georgia said...

she is so cute!!!! I remember my first year with my twins! Luckily I had some help for the home stuff, and had to work only 4 h a day, so I was dedicating my time to them.. however, I lacked perception of time ..! we watched our first entire film with my husband (without me sleeping on his arms in the first 30 min) when I broke my leg (they were 13 m) and had someone else to take care of them!

Kelly said...

This is adorable and she is precious!

Larisa said...

So beautiful! I love this. I know a lot of bloggers who keep up the appearances but aren't open about the big changes a baby brings and how un-glamorous it can be. Loved this post as it gives me lots to prep for but look forward to in the future! I'll always be an avid reader and wish you and your family nothing but the best!

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Hena Tayeb said...

haha. you just described my day perfectly times two! it took us three days to watch Black Swan.. we don't even think about movies anymore.. we don't even get the chance to catch up on our favorite shows together.. we both watch them on our phones in different rooms at different times of the day.. oh and on our last date night.. i feel asleep while watching a play on Broadway.. but yes of course.. they smile those adorable smiles and wait till she starts to coo mama.. we melt. :)

footnotes and finds said...

great insight into having kids! thanks for sharing!

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Jessica said...

Your little girl is absolutely adorable!

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Thomand said...

So cute baby!

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

Such a beautiful post. I completely understand pretty much everything you described! Aaron and I just started being able to eat together (at 5 months) simply because we wait to eat until after the baby is asleep! And movies? Forget it. It sometimes takes 2 hours just to watch a 1 hour TV show! But it is SO WORTH IT!

FASHION TALES said...

It's amazing to see how much she has grown, I'm so happy for you and your family. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your week. xx/Madison
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Jessah @ Dreaming of Dimples said...

She's just the sweetest ever. How come every time I see her, I smile?!?!

Izzy said...

haha aw this is a beautiful post. what an amazing thing that you will sacrifice so much for this adorable little thing. you are doing great so far! :)

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Hekyma _ said...

She's so cute ! She looks like a doll :) X

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JP Lord said...

I love how you opened this post. Let me just say - you are doing a fabulous job as a mother! I can't believe baby girl is almost one already, wasn't it just yesterday I was telling you how gorgeous you and your bump were?
xo

Jessica @ Here&Now said...

Oh man, I can't even imagine! I don't think I am ready to give up my selfish ways ;)
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Lisa Deleu said...

What a gorgeous girl you have!
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Kacie Ellis said...

She's such a happy baby so you are doing it right and being the best mama! I don't have kids and I often get in bed by 9pm. lol.

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Jamie said...

she is so adorable.. thanks for the heads up tips. I am due in May it's great to get a new mom perspective!
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SydneysFashionDiary.com said...

She is such a doll. Enjoy the time with her because kids grow so fast. Can't believe she's almost 1!

Suzie Q said...

She is so adorable!! Love your insight on how your life has changed since she came into your life!

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s said...

nailed each one. love this post and h is sooo cute!!! xO!
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She's just such a doll mama! So smiley, so happy, such a testament to all the love in your home! <3

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Elle said...

I can't believe that Hannah is 10 months already !
She is truly gorgeous and adorable!
I do remember all of what you say, the no time for anything, the lukewarm coffee, the need for crockpots and cold sandwiches....
But it is not cliche , it is real, the change is so demanding and exquisitely wonderful.
I say that as my babies are 24 and 26, one in an advanced position at L'oreal and the other studying for his doctorate... my babies..!
Enjoy them, as you are learning, time goes by
in a flash!
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jo said...

So true, but it's worth it, isn't it? She's adorable!

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Hannah said...

It's good to change the topics from fashion to baby things. I enjoy all of these. Dressesofbridal

Mica T said...

She is so beautiful and happy, you are doing a good job!

Becoming a parent is a massive adjustment, but like you said it's something you would never change, as every moment is worth it! :)

Time is so hard to find - especially when baby is teething/going through sleep regression/is unwell/just doesn't want to sleep for whatever reason! But you do settle into a routine now and then and get a little more time for yourself :)

Just remember you are doing a great job - you've got a tough new boss ordering you around who can't even talk yet so you have to kinda guess what her demands are...not easy, but always worth it.

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Nilu Yuleena Thapa said...

She's become so adorable!
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Nilu Yuleena Thapa said...

She's become so adorable!
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Midwest Muse said...

This is so sweet! She's adorable!

Jo Abiog said...

Your baby is such a sweetheart! Though there has been many changes, I can tell the amount of joy you have in your life from this post. I am so very happy for your growing family! xx

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Elegance and Mommyhood said...

I just read this and I can relate to all of this, even to this day and Vivian will be 26 months this Thursday. Showers are still luxury time for me and we rarely eat together and even more rarely go on dates together. She is on daycare now so I do most of my blogging in the morning or while I am working.

I know this is Hannah's birthday month so Happy 1st Birthday to her. She is so gorgeous. God bless her. And yes it is all worth it! I do miss your fashion posts though I am not gonna lie.

Take care and stay calm and rested. Hugs, Ada.

Diana Cloudlet said...

So beautiful and interesting post! Like your blog and the way you write!
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Lindsay Truax said...

Thank goodness for at home movies and takeout! Your baby is adorable!!

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babyvivid said...

though babies are small , they can make a big change in our lives

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Suzie Q said...

Wow, I just revisited this blog post since my last comment 1.5 years ago. Now that I have a 2 month old, everything is so relatable! Reading this the second time around made me smile throughout because it's funny yet so true. Especially since I'm still in the trenches of the early months. It's refreshing to hear certain things will get better (i.e. Not being able to eat at the same time as the husband due to need to hold the baby) and it's nice to know what's in store in the near future come crawling days :) it's also refreshing to hear others having gone through the same experiences and motherly emotions of having growing love each day for the lil one :)

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