Being a mother is wonderful and I wouldn't trade it for anything. With that being said, it does come with it's handful of frustrations.
Frustration #1 - My Body is Not What it Once Was...
I was obviously wrong in thinking that I would be back in my skinny jeans by now. Not only am I not in my skinny jeans, I'm not in my comfy jeans, most of my shoes, or my waist hugging shirts. My blessing in life was a small waist and unfortunately now it more resembles a muffin top.
Frustration #2 - My Life is Constantly on a 3 Hour Schedule
Most of my day (as well as all new moms) revolves around feeding, changing, entertaining, and then attempting to put Ethan down for a nap. His little internal clock is definitely set in it's ways now. Pump for 15 minutes, feed for 15 minutes, change the diaper, wash bottles, attempt to keep him awake for an hour, then attempt to get him to sleep for an hour and a half (which is the part where I get to take care of housework), and then it all begins again. As much as I don't want to rush through any of these precious life stages...I am looking forward to an extended schedule where I can attempt to accomplish a little bit more during the day. I was definitely spoiled not working before Ethan and being able to do whatever, however, whenever I wanted.
Frustration #3 - I Dread the Nighttime Up and Down Routine
I have to say that Ethan is slowly getting better at sleeping, but for the most part, I know that trying to sleep is going to be frustrating. Some nights he's a perfect angel, others I'm up and down every 5 minutes trying to put the pacifier back in his mouth. If I could function with no sleep, I'd choose to just stay awake the whole time. I really have to concentrate on not losing my cool at night where as I can manage it much better during the day.
Is it Worth it? - Of Course!
Having a baby definitely presented me with a lot of new challenges to try and overcome, but it also comes with sooooo many rewards. I never knew I could love someone so much....especially a very needy someone! When I look at his cute little face, all the frustrations are washed away.
Monday, November 15, 2010
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