Time goes by so fast! In a perfect world, I’d post weekly with photos about what’s new for Ethan and what’s new for me and all that stuff that’s just so exciting for a first-time mom. But working at home is WAY harder than I ever thought it would be, and I just don’t have the time I thought I’d have, so sporadic updates will have to do.
Ethan is 14.5 weeks, which amounts to 3 months and change. He’s a whopping 17 pounds — SEVENTEEN POUNDS — and is in 6-9 months clothes, with the 12 months clothes thrown in so he doesn’t accidentally outgrow them. Obviously, he eats. A lot. Which means I’m reading a lot and/or trying to get total and complete destruction on Angry Birds, depending on if I have a book club meeting looming.
(Ethan the hoodlum)
He’s smiling and talking and laughing, though we haven’t gotten one of those good belly laughs yet.
Ethan is a super mellow baby. I’m taking him to all of my committee meetings and book club meetings and coffee with friends. I’m hoping he’ll be my little sidekick if this is just how we do things. It’ll make it easier for me to justify FOUR BOOK CLUBS to my husband.
(Ethan’s first hickey — on my friend, not me. Classy, baby!)
We’re cloth diapering and co-sleeping (though he is sleeping in his crib now that he’s sleeping through the night, but that was more of an “oh, look! He can sleep in his crib no problem!” rather than an “I’d really like him to sleep in his own bed.”) and exclusively breastfeeding. All of which I’ve become extremely passionate about, so I try to not bore people with my recitation of facts and studies that support all these things! We’ll also be doing baby-led weaning, which means I won’t be pureeing food and he’ll be breastfeeding until he weans himself, which means I might have a toddler who breastfeeds.
In my younger days, I swore I’d never do some of these things (cloth diapering, for one, and potentially having a toddler who breastfeeds, for two). When I got pregnant I tried to keep track of all those things I swore I’d never do, but I lost my list. I thought it would be funny to look back on that list in a year or two and see how many of those things I had managed to not do. My guess is there wouldn’t be too many. 🙂
Every week I go to a Mommy & Me group, which I love. I’ve met some people there who I’m hoping will turn in to friends. I’m quiet during most of the Mommy & Me group because Ethan’s been such a good baby so far that I haven’t really had to troubleshoot anything.
I’m loving being a mom. I love it even more than I thought I would!
Incidentally, the title of the post comes from this: I’d posted the bottom two pictures on Facebook, and a friend said something to the effect of, Pick your baby up and soothe him (way nicer than that, though), and I said I couldn’t because I was too busy trying to get those faces on film! Poor baby. Having to suffer so mama can laugh later. It’s a tough life!