Did you hear that? It’ was a huge sigh of relief. We made it through the “fourth trimester”!
Month three of little Lincoln’s life has been the best yet. We definitely have our challenging days filled with hooting and hollering (and a cold that will not quit – BLARG!) but the easier days that are all smiles and snuggles are the ones I remember. There is nothing that a big toothless grin can’t wipe from my memory. As with everything in life, the good comes with the bad, and we are doing our very best to roll with the punches.
Here’s what’s on My Mommy Mind this month!
Growing up with two brothers, I have never been what you’d call “dainty” and having a son has let me put my rough-housing skills to good use. Lincoln and I love rolling around, playing airplane, and planting him high atop my knees so he can survey his kingdom while I sing a modified version of “On Top of Spaghetti” (“On top of Mount Mommy!”)
Speaking of, I never thought I’d get into singing to my child (to my pregnant self it just felt…weird?) Never have I eaten my words so badly. I am singing all. day. long. Lincoln’s favorite tunes include He’s Got the Whole World In His Hands, Old McLincoln Had a Farm, and Hit Me Baby One More Time. I just can’t help myself.
We have an budding book worm on our hands! One of my favorite things to do with Lincoln is sit with a stack of books and read, read, read. He gurgles along through every single story. So loud that at times I can’t even hear myself speak! It’s pretty much the cutest thing I have ever witnessed in my life.
Ben’s Aunt sent a picture of him at one week old last week – oh my gosh – TWINS! It could have been Lincoln in that picture. Too cool!
Five years ago I never thought I’d celebrate “sleeping in” until 4am. Lincoln is not consistently sleeping through the night yet – some nights he’ll wake up at 1am and 5am, for instance before getting up for the day – but the times he sleeps through the night until 4am or later I am doing a little dance in the dark.
It’s only been three months, but pregnancy is a distant memory. I hardly remember what it felt like to be pregnant but, I can’t believe I’m saying this, I kind of miss it! I walked by the pregnancy aisle at BRU the other day and let out a little aww at the sight of all the products aimed towards pregnant women. Having a baby is such a game changer – I think it just reminded me of our old lives as a family of 2!
I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my post baby body. What I’m doing to lose the baby weight, how much I have left to lose, etc. My answer is, my post baby body is the last thing on my mind. I wish exercise ranked higher on my priority list, but working a full time job while raising a baby is no joke (don’t get me wrong – raising a baby is a full time job!) By the time Ben gets home at night I am completely drained. It doesn’t help that it’s getting colder and dark by 4:30pm, which only encourages me to melt into the couch after dinner. That being said, the longer you stay out of the game, the harder it is to get back in it. I am committed to getting back into a workout routine by Christmas.
I am always in a rush. Rushing to get home if I’m out without Lincoln, rushing through errands if I’ve got him with me…rush, rush, rush. It’s exhausting.
Having a child has changed the way I view many things, including construction and fireworks (hear me out.) One of our neighbors was having their roof replaced last week and you could hear every hammer thump from Lincoln’s bedroom, all day long. NAP KILLER! A few weeks ago there was an untimely fireworks display in the area at 9pm and instead of running out the front door to catch the glittering colors in the night sky, I silently cursed them from my living room, just daring them to wake up my sleeping baby.
Traveling has always been top of mind for me. Where I want to go next, and how soon I can get there. Having a baby has changed this mentality, for now anyway. I don’t know, I just kind of want to stay home with my boys! I’m sure my wanderlust will return in the next year, but for now I am content to be at home.
I have an idea as to why (maybe) teachers love their jobs. It’s unbelievably cool watching a child learn something new. From discovering his hands and feet, to mastering important skills like grasping, I am amazed that I can actually watch Lincoln learn and develop.
Finally, there needs to be a physical expression of love that’s beyond hugging, but not quite squishing. The amount of love I have for this tiny, perfect person is overwhelming!
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andrea williams 11.06.2013
I so love looking at your posts everyday! Your son is so very cute and sweet. You look like you are handling all of the changes that come with family and motherhood amazingly well. Congratulations on all your successes and awesome recipes!!
Tina B. 11.06.2013
I love reading your blog! My kiddos are way old compared to your little man (almost 7 and 14!), but I love reading how you are growing and maturing into a different person! It’s amazing how when we have kids life looks different. Priorities change and things get shuffled, for the better! Your blog makes me think back to those early days with my first poopsy! I remember all those “oh my gosh, how will we do this” and “am I doing this right” things :)You have a beautiful family! Keep up the awesome “momness” that you are!
Get a white noise machine. Turn it up full blast, baby will sleep through anything!
He looks just like his daddy–unreal.
What a sweet sweet sweet post. You are an amazingly inspiring mother. My boys are 20, 20, and 17 now but your post just brings back a rush of great memories!!!! The time DOES go fast . . . so glad that you are savoring it in between the rushing around . . . And I LOVE that you are reading to him all the time. Between the singing and the reading and the amazing food you’ll be making him, this little guy is so nourished in body and soul.
I just love your posts, Lincoln is so cute, I have 5 kids and 6 grandchildren and they are so precious to me. Keep up the good work and continue to post pictures of Lincoln and your family
Thanks for sharing those oh so sweet pictures!! Takes me back to when mine were that little! Time goes so fast so enjoy every minute with that precious boy!!
posts like these make me fall desperately in love with the idea of motherhood. i have a few years until i start thinking seriously about it, but its exciting to imagine. all the best and God bless you guys.
brings back the days with my 2 in the first 3 months. 18 and 23 years ago!
Love your photography of Lincoln! He’s got the cutest expressions :)
So I completely love that you mentioned how differently you view both construction and fireworks. I feel exactly the same way (and my kids are 4 and 2 now). When my oldest was 4 months old, a new house was built directly next door…I thought I was going to go crazy! She didn’t go down for naps easily at that point on a quiet day, so you can imagine how the dump trucks, hammers pounding, and workers calling to each other next door sounded and how much fun that was. Don’t even get me started on the fireworks around here on the Fourth, either! I used to love that stuff until it kept my babies awake! Thankfully, as they get older the noise stuff gets easier. As for the rush, rush, rushing….well, that decidedly does not get better as they get older!
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl 11.06.2013
He has the most vivid expressions! I love them!
It’s official. You have the cutest baby, ever.
OMG Kristin he is just the cutest!
I could have written parts of this post myself, and it’s so refreshing to hear other Moms talk about their feelings. I had a baby 6 weeks ago and the past 6 weeks have both been the most wonderful and the most difficult of my whole life. Even on the toughest nights or days, one little squeal and smile just makes it all better. You have the most adorable family!
What a sweet post :)
OMG! I love, love, love Lincoln’s sandals. They are so cute. Are the homemade?
Also, just want to say I love these posts! I don’t have a baby, but really enjoy listening to your views on it. Keep ’em coming!
Have you ever heard of Momsoncall.com? They are AWESOME. I followed their sleep plan, and Andrew was sleeping through the night at 8 weeks old (from 9:30 pm till about 7 or 8 every morning)- just something to try in case you are interested!
He’s growing up so much! too cute! I miss those cute gurgly baby days sometimes!
I agree with you on everything! The singing (all the time!), the missing pregnancy, and the rush, rush, rushing. But it’s so worth. My little guy is 6 1/2 months already and he gets more fun every day. :)
He is SO adorable! :)
Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries 11.06.2013
He is unbelievably adorable! Can’t believe it’s been 3 months already. Love those little flip flops! Where did you get those?!