"It's true what they say," a client said to me this week over coffee. "When you're a parent, the days are long, but the years are short."
I've been a mom now for 12 weeks. While that's still 40 short of a year, I totally get the saying. Our days certainly feel long. In fact, I'm not really sure when our days begin or end, as middle-of-the-night feedings are still very much a thing for Tucker.
But I wouldn't change anything about how I've spent the past three months (which have flown by). I wake up every morning so happy — and so thankful — to see Tucker, his huge smile and his big, sleepy stretches that make him look like he has three chins. I love who he is, who he's becoming and who I am because of him.
3 Random Mom Thoughts
1. I can't believe I'm crying over this.
A few weeks ago, I watched Tyler give Tucker a bottle. Tucker accepted it, no problem. And I started tearing up. Doesn't he wonder where I am? Is this how it's going to be every time he does something without my help? Goodness.
2. What a chunk!
Now at 16 pounds, Tucker has just about doubled his birth weight. That's what you get for eating every two hours, on the hour.
3. I still haven't cleaned the bathroom, and that's okay.
I've decided recently that it doesn't matter how many to-do's remain unchecked on my ever-growing list. As long as I spend the day being a good mom, that's enough. Chores will always be there; my time with Tucker won't. (But I really do need to clean the bathroom.)
Trying on the outfit my friend bought him in Vietnam. / Being bored at Sweet Donkey last night.
Mornings are his happy time!
Wearing shoes for the first time. Leather, very fancy. / His first trip to the Roanoke Star.
Fourth of July kisses!
So lucky to have this view every morning.
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