Just pulled up my blog for the first time in a loooong time. I thought it was very interesting that the last post I made was EXACTLY one month before C came into this world! Yep, we had a Groundhog Baby. I ended up being induced and was able to choose between January 31st and February 2nd. For some reason I have always really liked the month of February, I wanted her to be born on an even day (weird, I know) and Groundhog Day is also my grandparents' anniversary. It was the most amazing experience and one of the best days of my life. We now can't imagine life without C!
There were a few bumps in the road along the way the first year. We dealt with nightly 1 - 3 am scream-fests for a few weeks, difficulty digesting dairy (I ended up giving up dairy for 5 months so her little tummy wouldn't hurt), and chronic ear infections that led to C not sleeping through the night before her first birthday. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Harvey Karp’s book Happiest Baby on the Block, all of the great dairy replacement options on the market and to Dr. Jakob for putting tubes in C’s ears. Through it all the Hubs has been such an amazing support. I know I would not have survived without his encouragement and love.
Although it’s not my first choice, I did have to go back to work this school year and honestly, balancing working full-time and trying to be a good mom has been really hard. I rush home from work every day and try to cram in as much quality time as possible before bedtime. And before C began sleeping well at night I was still getting up 3xs a night on average. Needless to say I was exhausted. For the first year of Little C's life I didn’t do much cooking. Never before had we ever eaten so much take-out, fast food and pre-packaged meals. It’s not like I was happy about it, but I just felt like I had no other choice. I did make a fair amount of her baby food, but not as much as I would have liked - still working through all of the ‘mom guilt’ I feel about that one.