Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Things I never knew about parenting...

  • That eating dinner at the same time as my husband would be a rarity, and that most meals are eaten in a rush before the baby wakes up
  • That most of my food choices revolve around what is quick and convenient
  • That coming up with new and exciting ways to entertain a baby can be exhausting – they have such short attention spans!
  • That the amount of vomit my baby can produce is mind boggling at times
  • That wind can stay trapped in bubs tummy for hours – just when you think you’ve got it all, there’s more!
  • That I would forget to eat!
  • That 3 minute showers become the norm, and toilet visits become very hurried pit stops!
  • That my hair would stay in a permanent pony tail, and only get washed twice a week these days (used to be every second day). Similarly, hair colouring has become a thing of the past, and I’m in desperate need of a trim but cant be bothered!
  • That all my clothing choices revolve around what is comfortable to breast-feed in.
  • That I would go through so many bibs in a day! After my baby shower I thought I had SO many bibs and would never use them all… well we go through about 3 or 4 per day, and that’s mostly from the drooling! We can go through heaps more if she’s having a particularly ‘spewy’ day.
  • That babies are such amazing little ‘time sponges’ – I don’t know where the days go anymore.

This is her newest "thing" - she's discovered that she has two hands, and now loves nothing better than holding hands with herself. We laugh at her because it often looks like she's rubbing her hands together plotting some kind of mischief. Look at her chubby little legs! So far she hasn't realised that she has feet yet :)

I have started selling stuff on ebay - just general household stuff that we dont use. I've become a bit addicted. Now that a few things have sold, I find myself trawling around the house from room to room, opening cupboards and drawers looking for stuff to sell LOL!

My exercise mainly consists of walking at the moment, although I'm now having to strap the sole of my right foot again because the bloody plantar fasciitis is playing up again. Funnily enough it went away when I was pregnant, but its back with avengence now, even though I havent worn high heels, or done any impact exercise in months.

We're talking about getting another dog again. We put it off after we lost Shavez, and then Skye came along and we had our hands full anyway. We both still miss Shavez like crazy - I cant believe its been 7 months since he left us... I sometimes have dreams about him where he comes to this house and gives me a cuddle and I can still smell his scent. In the dreams I know he's gone, but its like he's telling me he's watching over us. Thinking about him and talking about him still makes us cry.

Anyway, so we're thinking about it again, and we also think that Elke could do with a companion - I often catch her looking longingly at the neighbours dogs. We're just trying to decide on a breed.

Anyway, sounds like the little monkey has woken up - better go!


Andrea said...

Hi Hils - you'll be happy to know that all those things do get better eventually. I just said to a friend yesterday that I wish I could be a stay at home mum again now because time with Harris is so much more fun and rewarding now than back when he didn't do anything. And you really do begin to get a bit mroe time for yhourself once the breastfeeds become more stretched out.
there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Anonymous said...

Hi Hils,

Was Shavez a Siberian Husky :)

I can only concur with Andrea that it does get a bit easier as they get older but seeing how happy and contented she is looking tells me you're doing everything right!


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Leisl said...

Hi Hilary

Such a cute pic!...and yes, she does look like she's plotting something evil for you and hubs with those hands pressed tightly together! You're one proud mum indeed!

Enjoy the moments.

jodie said...

Hi Hils
I love your posts because I can agree with so much of what you write about. It is amazing what you learn about when you become a parent. It is hard but it is worth it. I so underestimated how hard it could be though, but I also underestimated how much you could love this one little person and how much joy they can bring you.. Anyway, Skye is adorable and you are doing a wonderful job!

Frankie said...

ahh those were the days. I used to eat dinner with the plate on my lap, Alex in the stroller and me rocking the stroller back and forth with one leg. I know it's hard but you're doing a great job!

Kerry W said...

OMG Hilary...these brought back so many wonderful memories, and I had to giggle while reading them. Especially about the bibs...I went through about 6 per day with Phil. I'm just glad she wasn't a vomiting machine. And you know, life will always be like this from now on. It's just that the situations and comedy-of-events changes as they grow and change. Lovely post, and the photo of Skye is just a treat! :)

Valley Girl said...

Ahhh Bibs & cloth nappies, they were my saviourer~ fun isn't it!

Skye's adoreable & she does look a little mischievious holding those tiny hands together lol.

sounds like everything is going along normally & goodluck with the new dog hunting, elke will enjoy the company so much.

Take care x

Hilary said...

Thanks Andj, I really look forward to the day when I have a little time to myself again! I know it will get better, I'm trying to make sure I enjoy her now too :)

Thank you Liz! And to answer your question, Shavez was an Alaskan Malamute... beautiful dog, and not "howly" like the huskies can be.

Leisl she sure has been plotting mischief, especially in the last few weeks!

Totally agree Jodie, I think its impossible to fathom just how hard its going to be beforehand, but also how much you can love your little one and how much joy they can bring!

LOL Frankie we do something similar! Skye's in the bouncer while I bounce her with one leg, dinner perched on a cushion on my lap!

Oh yes Kerry, the bibs! Isn't it amazing? And now we've started on solids we go through even more!

Thanks VG, I dont know where I would be without cloth nappies to use as spew cloths! We've not moved any further forward on the dog-hunting yet though.

Hilary xx