I’m Back, Sort Of…
Hi, guys! It’s been a while… This whole motherhood thing is pretty time consuming, to say the least. I’ve finally been able to get back to some cooking, and I’m hoping to be able to post a bit more regularly. Before I dive into that though, I thought I’d bring you guys up to speed on how things have been going and what I’ve been up to.
In a word, I’ve been up to Pearl. If you have kids, you know how insanely consuming being a parent is, especially being a mom, and even more so being a breastfeeding mom. You think you have an idea of what it will be like, but there just isn’t any way to truly prepare until you’re in it.
Even with the calmest baby you still deal with sleep deprivation, and we didn’t have the calmest baby. Pearl needed to be held all the time, and you had to stand up, and you had to be moving. You could sit down in a rocking chair, or you could sit down if she was asleep. And she had to sleep on you or she’d wake up. She wouldn’t take a paci, she hated the swing, she hated her stroller and she hated her car seat. Though having a baby that loves to be held is definitely not the worst thing!
She also seemed to have some sort of food allergy or gastrointestinal issue that we couldn’t figure out. I was on a difficult elimination diet made even harder by the fact that I was breastfeeding and hungry all the time. All you want to do in those early days is order food or pop something easy in the over or microwave, and I was having to make food from scratch to accommodate a diet that was totally new to me. Those were some pretty hard days to say the least!
For over three months I slept with Pearl and woke up about every hour (some nights every forty five minutes or so) to feed her. Well, I should say she woke me up so she could eat! We realized at around six months that she’d flipped her eating schedule from day to night, so at that point we pretty much had to do sleep training to flip her back. Adding solid food to her diet in addition to the sleep training really seemed to turn things around.
Pearl’s eight months old now, and things are totally different these days. Parenthood feels more like fun and less like work. I’m constantly in awe of Pearl, and I can’t get over how much I love her. (What parent hasn’t said that?) Neither Ryan or I can imagine our lives without her, and all the hard times are worth just one smile from her.
So, in a nutshell, that’s the short version of where I’ve been and why you haven’t seen many new posts in a long while. When I have time to myself I usually just want to veg out in front of the TV, read a book or sleep! As I said though, I’ve been in the kitchen a bit more, and I do have some fun food stuff coming up for you guys. I’ll do my best to get it out in a timely manner. Just don’t hold me to it!