Joey hit THE major milestone last week: he turned ONE! As I look back on his first year, there were things I wish could be repeated, and others I prayed would never happen again. I didn’t keep a journal of feelings during his first year- something I wish I had done and plan on doing from here on out (especially with #2 on the way). With that in mind, there are a few learning’s worth sharing (and writing DOWN now so I never forget).
- Colds are inevitable (especially if your winter lasts more than 5 months and has bone-chilling temperatures). AND most colds in children last 7-10 days. So don’t freak if your little one is still sneezing or has drainage at day 5. He’s probably at the worst of it!
- The Mom-comparison happens, even if you have the best intention of never comparing yourself or your child to another. One of our pediatrician’s said something that I try to remind myself weekly, if not daily. “There is no one else in this world like Theodore Joseph Serbinski. He was born an original. Just like you and I are different, so will Joey be from any other baby. There is only him.” We need medical benchmarks for growth, development, etc. comparisons. But we don’t need to stress ourselves out over how our kids do with these benchmarks in comparison to the neighbor’s baby or other kids in music class.
- Family and friend advice means ones thing: Joey IS loved. Sometimes you want to hear it and other times you can politely ignore it. The politely ignoring part takes times… still figuring this one out.
- Breastfeeding is TOUGH! Yes, coming from the “breast is best know-it-all registered dietitian.” But by month 2, Joey and I had the knack of it and we were pros! But the beginning was really hard. Between my extreme flow and Joey’s preference for one side, I had thought about giving up during the first month. A little extra sleep (nap when your baby naps!) and phone calls with lactation consultants and friends got us through. Stay tuned for another post on this one…
- Baby smiles, laughs, smells, hugs, naps on your chest, cuddle time, etc. make a bad day better and a good day GREAT. If you haven’t experienced this first hand, find a friend with a baby and ask to stop by for a visit!
Because I’m feeling nostalgic, I want to share a few fast facts about our little man (with pictures, of course). I’ve already chronicled some of these facts in Joey’s 9-Month Update, but this baby brain forgot to do month(s) 10-12. So consider this a recap!
Thank you Joey for teaching Mom and Dad that love comes in all forms- poopy blow-out diapers, blueberries crushed on a kitchen rug, open mouth kisses, and best of all, family hug time at the end of a long day.