What surprised me most about becoming a mom
Our little girl, Alex, is nearly seventeen months old, which is difficult to believe. Almost a year and a half into this journey, I finally feel more acclimated to our ‘new normal.’ My body feels more how it used to feel before Alex; I am getting more sleep, which is so helpful; and we know our little Alex more — her personality, her routine, what she likes, what she does not like, which, of course, is always changing. Albeit, there are days where Doug and I both collapse into bed at night, with Victory, because we are utterly exhausted, both wondering how we will get up the next day, at the crack of dawn, (Alex is our alarm now) and do it all over again!
Besides the normal things one likely hears prior to having a baby such as, ‘your life will forever change; you won’t sleep for awhile; and you won’t have much time,’ which to a large degree are all true, what nobody really tells you is how much fun you will have with your baby. Now that Alex is communicating verbally more, and we know what to expect with her more, to a degree, we have so much fun together! The early months were difficult with trying to navigate this uncharted territory and just generally feeling a little off, in the beginning, trying to get the hang of it all. Now, as a family, I think we have found our flow, for now, and it is all getting a bit easier to navigate. Alex is always up for an adventure, with her side kick, Victory, and we have a lot of fun with Alex and Victory. Alex is almost saying ‘Tory,’ Victory’s nickname! It is just really neat to witness her growing and changing, there is nothing like it. All that to say, I am working the hardest I ever have, but I am having the most fun, ever!