Howdy Strangers! I can't believe I haven't put up a post in 2 months...Actually, wait, I can totally believe it! It's kind of a struggle to put your life back together after having a baby, or it has been for me anyway, and the things that take the most brain power (like writing) are not on the back burner, shucks they aren't even taken out of the refrigerator! So this post will be a bit meandering, and not well structured, but better than not writing at all.
Obviously the majority of my life has been consumed by baby Roman. Turns out, keeping him alive takes a lot of dedication and focus. It's hard to meet someone else's needs ALL the time. He will start making noises and I'll think "Gee, someone really should check on that baby." Then the Shannon from 10 months ago goes back into hiding and I remember, "Oh yeah, I'M the mom that's my job!" So I stop online shopping and see what the fuss is. #truth
Speaking of shopping, I have been doing it so much.
I'm grateful it's the holiday season so I can use my powers for good. Apparently Roman has already heard that snacking throughout the day is better than eating fewer large meals, and while I appreciate how health conscious he is he eats every 2 hours without fail day and night (he needs to read up on the value of 8 hours uninterrupted sleep...). I quickly learned that there are few things more terrifying than jerking awake to find your newborn asleep on your chest and you did not mean for them to be there. Now I use my phone to make sure I wake up all the way while feeding him, and since I can only comb through Facebook and Instagram so many times, shopping it is. I have felt so restricted in so many way the past few months, that it has actually been really fun and therapeutic to hunt for sales and try to find some really cool gifts. It will be a Very Etsy Christmas this year!
The holidays have definitely taken on new meaning now that we have a kid. Even though he is too little to remember anything we do it's been fun to start establishing our traditions. Halloween was the first major holiday, and I made him his very own hobbit costume! Why a hobbit? Because he has big feet and eats all the time!
My mom always made my costumes and it was something that always made me feel happy and special. I will continue this tradition for as long as he will let me! We went trick or treating as well. That was not something I expected to start this year, but our five year old niece wanted us along with her, so we went!
Thanksgiving was a fabulous get together including our entire family (my side and Troy's). The tradition there being dressing up, and of course, eating a ton. My father in law got a camera all set up on a tripod for a family photo, but we never did it! I'm hoping that we do better next year. That's another memory from my childhood that I always loved. Every year it took my Grandpa like 20 minutes to get the camera working and every one looking the same direction, but we always laughed the whole time and have at least 10 years of pictures of the entire clan!
Now it's officially Christmas season and I'm beyond excited! We pulled down all of our Christmas decorations last night and I can't wait to decorate the house. From family movie nights (complete with a fire and hot chocolate) to picking out a Christmas tree to the excitement of Christmas morning - there are so many things I can't wait to share with Roman. Even if he can't remember it, we will be building a great foundation for many more years to come!
Wow, there are so many more things I want to say. I want to write about some of the less rosy sides of new motherhood I have experienced, and some of the new perspectives I have, but I just don't have the attention or energy - I've cleaned up 2 blowouts, nursed twice, and calmed one tantrum in the time it took me to write just this much! Sorry Strangers, baby steps! Now that I am more together than I have been I will be holding myself accountable to posting at least once a week. Feel free to message me and keep me on my toes if I don't live up to that promise. ;)
In the meantime, let me know some of your favorite holiday traditions (doesn't matter which holiday!)