It is amazing that seven months have elapsed since having our son. It seems like forever ago! I am sure many of you feel the same way. Where has the time gone? How did my baby get so big and learn to do the things that he has learned? Every day, it amazes me how far he and I have come since day one (and the hubs, him too. First Thyme Dad has come a long way as well!)
It is difficult to even remember being in that postpartum fog after delivery. Those first couple of days in the hospital with all the amazing help from the nurses and visiting family members were wonderful. Then, the hospital let us go. Out into reality - and they let us take the baby!
In the beginning, I struggled in the evening hours. Once it started to get dark out, the night time anxiety would begin to kick in. Would he sleep tonight? Would I sleep tonight? How many hours until the sun comes up again and we could start a new day? Each day that would pass I would think to myself, "We've made it three nights now". Or, "We've made it ten full nights now". It was an accomplishment to "make it" another day. Everything was just so new with a new baby and being a first time mom. And somewhere in the middle of worrying about the baby, I had to physically heal as well.
Week two-three was my ultimate pit. We were surrounded by family and friends who did so much for us, but things just started to get really hard at that point because of the sleep deprivation. Mastitis set in for me, and the two back to back 103.5F fevers that came along with it were killer. I had a giant hematoma that formed during delivery that was really cramping my style, and my leg had yet to regain all of it's feeling from the delivery. But our son was thriving! Soon after this phase, things started to get easier.
Everyone who has been through this assured me that things would get easier. And it did! About four weeks after bringing our boy home, he started to sleep more. Almost through the night. This was AWESOME. He also napped for a few hours at a time a couple times per day which allowed for me to get a little more sleep as well.
Then, at about six weeks, he smiled at me. I was mind blown. This made up for all the lost hours of sleep. Each week he did something else that made us light up with joy, and it's been that way ever since. And now, here we are, at seven months. Every little milestone he has had is so special to us. We are the definition of first time parents. We have so many video snip-its - I love going back and watching them to remind me of how small he was in the very beginning. Babies are awesome! I cannot wait for all of the months and years that are ahead of us! Enjoy the moment, Mommas! And if you are at the very beginning of this journey, remember, every day keeps on getting better and better!