After writing about what I would do differently in my baby’s first year it was easy to feel a little down about myself as a mom. So to change my outlook I want to write a counter post about what I felt I did right in my baby’s first year. After all we’re all just doing the best we can to be the best mama we can be to our babies. So just as inevitably that we’ll get some things wrong along the way we’ll also get some things right! Here’s what I feel I got right with my little one.
It’s weird to type out that I’ve been a mom for a year now. It was probably the fastest, yet best year of my life! You know how they say hindsight is 20/20? There are several moments in my life where I’ve known that to be true. Motherhood is definitely one of those! If I could go back in time there are a few things I think I would do differently during my baby’s first year.
The season of giving is upon us friends! It’s time for the bottom of our trees to slowly fill with gifts for those we love. And to see their faces light up on Christmas when they open them! How great would it be to keep that look of joy on their face going beyond the holidays? Too often our gifts end up in the back of a closet, drawer or cabinet just a few months after Christmas. Instead I propose giving a gift that’ll last the whole year (or possibly longer!). In fact I’ve got 5 gift ideas that keep on giving after the holidays and they work for just about all ages!
I always loved having a Christmas tree in my room as a kid. There’s just something about falling asleep to the glow of a Christmas tree. So, I knew I wanted to put one up in CB’s room this year! Even though she doesn’t sleep in her nursery, ha! But we’re working on it and she’s started napping in there at least. And, of course for my girl’s nursery Christmas decor I just had to go with a pink and red theme with a nod to Santa’s reindeer and toys!
I’m still a little bit in denial that my baby girl has turned a year old! The weekend before Thanksgiving we had her first birthday party at my parent’s house! My mom is amazing at throwing parties and should seriously be a party planner. I’m so thankful she and my sister helped out! We threw CB a super cute pink and gold birthday party for her first birthday! We threw in some flowers because I’m a sucker for florals! And a few pumpkins to make it a little more fall. I couldn’t be happier with how gorgeous her party turned out!
This past year has been a hard one. And I hate to write these words out but I’ve felt so far from the Lord. A part of me has been frustrated with Him because of deployment, and and even after my husband’s return his job still keeps him away more days than not. Becoming a mom has a learning curve and I was at point of just surviving. No thriving was happening on my part. I was having a hard time getting in the Word myself let alone including Jesus in my baby’s routine.
When I was pregnant I put a baby carrier on my on my registry but I didn’t put much thought into whether I’d be a baby wearing mama or not. I figured it might be an easier way to tote her around in public but never really considered that I might wear her at home. Baby wearing is sort of a trendy thing to do, and so I think most mama-to-be’s add them to their list just as I did.
Halloween is coming up so soon! And one thing I love about Halloween is homemade costumes. For one they always look better to me, not as cheap. And you can get as creative as you please with them! For this year I chose to DIY a baby strawberry costume!
Is it me or is almost easier to tote baby around while they’re still in your belly? I remember the first time I left the house my diaper bag was packed to the brim! But now that we’re approaching toddlerhood faster than I care to admit I’ve begun to transition my bag to a toddler diaper bag . Which thankfully contains fewer things!
Our breastfeeding journey is still going strong at 10 months. Due to jaundice shortly after Cora Beth was born we had to supplement formula for a few days. And once my milk came in we had to work at getting her to latch but once she did she wanted nothing to do with a bottle. My goal was always to breastfeed her to at least a year and now that milestone is only two months away and it’s an accomplishment I’m really proud of. Because breastfeeding is hard work! But I knew that if I could breastfeed it would be what was best to make sure my baby was a healthy baby.