Goodness – I really thought that I would have more time to blog once I quit the day job, but little man takes up every minute of my day, and the time he doesn’t take up is filled with me trying to clean the house, get dinner made, and create.
Life is good.
Since overcoming the last cold, Dean had his nine month check-up where he measured in the 99th percentile for height and weight (still only 45% for his head haha) and the doctor said “It’s time to stop feeding him at night.” Sigh.
So for the last two weeks, Michael and I have been tag-teaming the night wakings, and have gotten Dean down to one night feeding. This has been good because the night before last Dean slept from 11 p.m.-5:50 a.m. which is AMAZING! Last night wasn’t that great, but he still is sleeping until 6 most of the time, so we’re making progress.
It’s amazing how quickly my breasts have adjusted to the change, but the rest of my body is slow to catch-up. I feel like I’ve had more anxiety the last two weeks than I did right after bringing Dean home – my fear of SIDS has been unreal and even when he sleeps in four to six hour stretches, I wake up every couple of hours and have to check the monitor to see if he’s breathing. My friend says that will ease up, and I hope she’s right.
During the day Dean is constantly on the move. He’s crawling, he’s climbing stairs, he’s walking around furniture, and it really seems like he’s getting ready to walk because he’s relying less and less on holding onto things around the house.
He’s also eating finger foods now and LOVING it – our boy loves his food!
We are also on our third round of swim lessons, and today Dean was more than ready to just dive in head first into the water … no fear.
It’s taken us forever to come up with a Halloween costume for our little guy but we finally settled on Harold and the Purple Crayon – which I think will be pretty cute, and Michael and I will go as purple stick figure parents in the style of the illustration in the book.
I had a lot of other things I was going to write about with regard to my anxiety, meeting new mom friends, leaving that one moms group that always rubbed me the wrong way (I’m finally having them vote me out this week – so silly), my wonderful neighborhood moms group and family/friends without kids no longer finding you interesting enough to spend time with, but I’m too tired to care about that stuff right now and in the big scheme of things, it probably doesn’t matter at all – at least the negatives in that paragraph.
In non-baby news (but let’s face it, it’s all related) I have really been gearing up my production of products for my iCreate uCelebrate business (www.icreateucelebrate.com) and my Etsy site is up and running. A lot of the times I’m making items in my car while Dean is asleep after swim lessons or a play date, or I’m making them with him on my lap, or at night after he goes to bed.
Right now I’m typing this blog on my laptop in my car, which is parked in my driveway, because we graduated Dean to a convertible car seat, so there’s no way to move him without waking him up and he needs a nap after swim class.
Life as a mom is all about improvising and making things work however you can.
This post isn’t as great as I’d hoped – it’s kind of all over the place – a reflection of my brain right now. I’ve got a lot of projects in the works (icreateucelebrate, plus freelance) and I’ve got Michael’s birthday, Thanksgiving and our wedding anniversary right around the corner – so November is going to be busy (plus Michael will be traveling three out of the five weeks in November, oy.)
Here’s hoping I make more time for the blog, and that I can continue to embrace the chaos that is motherhood!