It’s so hard not to start a milestone based post with, “where did the time go?” or “it’s hard to believe it’s already been …”. Aaand, it’s equally as hard to write anything with three kids. This one short post has been an all day, 5 minutes at a time, project.
But seriously, where has the time gone? You know?
Really, some days, I feel like my first baby was born yesterday and Dylan will start kindergarten this year. It’s ALL just zipping on by!
Naomi was born a little over two months ago and I really don’t know where the time went. She’s changed so much in such a ridiculously short time.
It’s amazing to watch my baby girl change and become more aware of her surroundings. She’s so strong and, let me tell you, this girl is growing! She’s so tall, she’s already close to outgrowing 3-6 month clothing. We just had her 2 month appointment on Monday and she’s literally off the chart in height at 25″ long and in the 90th percentile for weight at 13.1 lbs. The boys were both like that, too, so it’s not a huge surprise.
Lately, she’s been smiling, cooing, and “talking” a lot. She loves to be out and interact with people, but she does get overwhelmed and seems to enjoy quiet time at home, too. She’s not too into toys yet, but she loves to move her arms and kick her legs. She’s the best little cuddler and I have a very hard time putting her down. When I have to put her down, however, she’s usually very laid back. She cries only when she really needs something and I almost never have trouble figuring out the problem.
The most amazing thing to me is what a different child she is than my boys already. It’s hard to say why. I mean, so many things are different this time, so which came first, the chicken or the egg?
I’ve always suspected having a girl would be different than having boys from birth, but I also know third children are often very different than their siblings. Not that my first two are all that similar…
As far as the differences between boys and girls, I know they’re very different in the preschool years. Nearly everyday, I see my boys race around, unable to sit still for more than 5 minutes, while their female friends sit long enough to finish a whole, entire craft or meal. I don’t know, however, if some of the differences I’m seeing in Naomi at this point (ie an extra hour between nursing sessions and longer periods of sleep at night) can be attributed to her being a baby girl or if they’re more representative of her position as baby #3, her personality, or my present-day demeanor as a mom.
I do know I’m different as a mom now. I’m a completely different person than I was only a few years ago. I’ve seen and experienced a lot of pain in the last two years and I know without a shadow of a doubt how blessed I am to have another healthy baby. I don’t let myself forget the worth of each moment I get with each of my children and I’m determined to soak it all in. I know how fast infancy slips away and I will not rush a second of it. I don’t care if she falls asleep on me more times than she sleeps in her crib. I don’t care if she gets too used to sleeping in my bed. I know that all too soon, she’ll be pushing me away to go play with her friends.
I guess it doesn’t really matter why this baby girl is such a different experience for me. All that matters is, she’s another very special, perfect little addition to our family!
And the boys are ready for little girl playtime!
Oh, and she looks a little bit like them 😉