These last ten weeks have been so full of wonderful moments, lessons learned, laughs laughed, frustrating moments, and lots of learning to do things one-handed.
I don’t know how Charlie was ever inside of me, but she was. The weirdest part is how not weird it is for her to be here. It’s just natural, like she was always supposed to be here with us. Things are different, but the change has been natural. We are still learning how to go out for dinner, how to help each other with her, and how to get places on time (why is that such a struggle?!).
But if I had to say how we are doing overall, I would say that as a family we are doing great! As a married couple, Will and I are finding an even deeper love and appreciation for each other. It’s heart melting to watch each other parent and nurture our daughter. As far as babies go, Charlie is pretty awesome! She sleeps through the night most nights and makes hilarious faces. She rocked the baby acne for a while and now has outgrown that and moved onto cradle cap. Charlie plays in the bath tub now, has a favorite spot on the couch, has a favorite toy (Mr. Monkey), likes to suck on frozen pacifiers, and she enjoys running with me!
When I look at Charlie, play with her, put her down for the night – I see all of the ways she’s growing and changing. Then I wash her laundry and think to myself “surely she can’t fit these tiny clothes anymore.” But you know what; she does! Somehow she still does.
Above all the ways to sooth her, all the things I can now do one handed, the best thing I have learned is being in the moment. When Charlie is awake the rest of my to do list becomes shockingly insignificant. When Charlie is crying, figuring out how to make everything better is top priority. When Charlie is smiling and playing everything else just fades away, and a perfect hour passes in the blink of an eye.
So in the end, I guess all of the lessons learned from the first 10 weeks with Charlie boil down to one thing. It’s like my mom always says – So many things can wait while you hold your children.