Transitioning into Motherhood
From the moment I guided Allison into the world and onto my chest I knew that my whole life changed. I was, and still am overwhelmed with the blessing to raise this little human. I can already tell that her personality is starting to develop and I am noticing little quirks that we she shares with me - which is slightly terrifying.
Raising a little girl has me often thinking about all the things I want to teach her and show her. I want her to be a leader, and independant. I want her to know right from wrong. I want her to know the power of her voice and stick up for things she believes in. I want her to be strong willed, yet full of compassion and empathy. I want her to have faith in God, and in her family. I want Allison to know where she came from, and know that when she leaves our home, she can always come back to her roots.
Motherhood right now feels like an extreme sport. It's full of love, worry, concern, joy, anxiety and complete exhaustion. It feels like things go from zero to 100 and I barely have time to think and need to react. I know in time this will soon pass, but I am trying to soak it in because it doesn't last forever and these are the moments I will miss when she is older - minus the no sleep thing, I don't think I will EVER enjoy that.
On a lighter note I had my first beer since before Thanksgiving over Labor Day Weekend. It was an Oberon and drank it in approximatrly 3.6 seconds. It was glorious and I probably could have drank 12 more. I have showered almost every day since Allison was born and really enjoy going to the gym a few days a week for an hour or so. I also officially fit into my pre-pregnancy jeans over the weekend and I am so in love with my long hair - thank you prenatals and pregancy!
In summary motherhood is tough and I miss sleeping - a lot. This week I texted my mom and apologized for being an asshole growing up. She accepted and then replied with, "Karma." :) She always knows the right thing to say to make me smile and I appreciate her more than ever.
A little bit about Allison...
She loves farting on her dad and then smiling really big
She enjoys rocked, swayed or just being held
She loves her bath time and water - I am sure she will be a fish just like her mom
She does not like wearing clothes
She loves her carseat and going on walks in her stroller
Allison loves her baby carriers and skin to skin time with mom
She absolutely crushes bottles when not breastfeeding - just like her mom ;)
Allison loves eating, and hates taking burp breaks
She loves stretching out her long legs and arms straight as a board before getting her diaper changed
Oh, and she’s loves MSU! Go Green!
My sweet, sweet Allison Joyce - You are 1 month old. The last 30 days have been some of the most joyful days of my life. The moments we share together during the early morning hours nursing will be cherished forever. You are the love of your dad and I’s life. We will never stop loving you, and I promise I will learn to let you go when you’re ready. We can’t wait to see the person you become and the impact you will make in people’s lives. I promise I will never stop telling you that you are a strong, smart, independent girl. I know you will move mountains little one. I love you Alli girl. You will always be my baby.
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