Anyway, I've got some catching up to, so let's get going...
Lesson 5: You NEVER Have It Figured Out
If you have been a mom for longer than one week, you are probably all too familiar with the ole curse of the public declaration of success. No clue what I'm talking about? Allow me to explain...
You say: "My baby is finally sleeping through the night"
You get: Six straight nights of screaming and 3AM play-dates.
You say: "I don't know how it happened, but my baby LOVES broccoli."
You get: Broccoli all over your kitchen floor from here on out.
You say: "I think we have actually worked ourselves into a nice little schedule."
You get: Five days of absolute and total chaos. Meals every hour. Naps optional.
Here's the deal... For someone so small and adorable and dependent, your baby is quite tricky. By signing on to motherhood, you have committed to a lifelong adventure game of guessing (that's all it is really) how your baby will react to any given situation at any given point. There is no consistency. There is no normal. You will get in a "groove," only to be interrupted by a pesky tooth cutting through, an ear infection, a growth spurt, or simply a "bad day."
You NEVER have it figured out. And, for the love, if you are absolutely convinced that you DO have something figured out, DO NOT say it aloud (and absolutely do not publish it on any form of public forum) - doom will most assuredly follow. ;)
31 Days of Change hosted by The Nester. To see my other "lessons," click here.
P.S. In case you couldn't tell, we're dealing with a bit of inconsistency in the Chapman home these days. Someone, who will remain nameless at this time, has decided that sleeping in a crib is MISERABLE and being held is the only way to go. Luckily, I've been around this block enough to know that these stages usually leave as quickly as they arrived. For now, we're in survival mode... We're going to bed at 8PM and sending the babysitter apologetic text messages forewarning her about the mess in the kitchen from last night's dinner. This too shall pass.
I'm hoping (although I know better than to make any promises) to be back later this afternoon with Lesson 6 and some photos from our weekend trip to the pumpkin patch. See you then!