Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Confessions of a New Mama

Hi there!

I thought I'd share some moments from my life recently.  I'm sure other mamas can relate, but even if you aren't a parent, you may just find them interesting (or comical).  I chalk a bunch of it up to fatigue.  Sage is 5 1/2 months old and I'm not sure when I'll stop considering myself a new mom.  Maybe when he says, "hi mom!".  In some ways I feel like a seasoned veteran at this point, but in other aspects I'm learning everyday.  I suppose that's what parenthood will continually feel like.  Anyways, here are a few of my confessions as a mama...

Confession #1 - I was pumping the other night before bed and I forgot to attach a bottle.  As in I was pumping and milk was dropping on the floor.  I'm not even exaggerating when I say it took me close to a minute to realize what the dripping sound was.  Yeah, I blame fatigue on that one for sure.

Confession #2 - On that sleep deprived note, I forgot to bring bottle tops to work the other day so that I could store the milk after I pumped it.  I had the bottles, but no tops.  Thank you zip-lock bags and rubber bands. 

Confession #3 - Often I look at the monitor sporadically in the night.  Baby boy has me scheduled to wake up when he does.  I will look at the monitor and literally Sage will start stirring.  Our internal clock is the same.

Confession #4 - On that note of middle of the night feedings, I have no idea what sleeping for longer than 5 hours at a time feels like anymore.  Honestly if I get a 4 hour stretch of sleep I feel "well rested".  It's funny because I complained during pregnancy when I only got 5 or 6 hours (and not 8 or 9 hours), but now 5 hours is AMAZING and I feel like Super Woman.  Sage was doing much better with just one feeding and then he got a cold and the number of nighttime feedings went up.  I think I need to cut them out, or at least only feed him once in the night.  He has his 6 month appointment in another few weeks and I plan on chatting with his doctor about this.

Confession #5 - Dinners are super simple/whatever we can find in the fridge recently.  I've been trying to cook meals with lots of leftovers on Sunday, but we can only eat the soup, chili, pasta bake...a few nights in a row until we are sick of it.  As a full-time working mama, getting dinner on the table is tough.  I love to cook, and my husband is a great cook as well, but there just isn't enough time in the day.  Chipotle and Chinese takeout are making a weekly appearance.

Confession #6 - I consider just making it out the door in the morning and to work on time a major success.  I'm sure my hubby agrees.  I feel like I have a million balls in the air each morning and I have to catch them all before I actually get on the road, so I count this as a small victory.  Sage's diaper bag packed, enough bottles for the day packed for him, pumping supplies packed for work, lunch packed, purse packed, dogs fed, laundry started...

Confession #7 - I absolutely LOVE being a mom.  Even with the craziness of it all, it's the best thing ever.  I wouldn't change it for anything.  Even when Sage wakes up at 5AM (after going back down at 3AM), it's worth it all (and more!).  Sage is such a happy baby and he makes us laugh constantly.  My house may always need a vacuuming, there is always laundry, and the dogs are begging for attention, and...you catch my point, but being a mama is the best.  

Can you relate to any of my confessions?


  1. The pumping into no bottle thing is hilarious! I can't wait for those "where did my brain go" moments. lol.

    That's crazy that you wake up right before he does. I've also heard that weird things can happen to your uh... boobs when baby is hungry, like mom's will just let down before their baby even cries to say they're hungry. Strange how that works.

    I have been sleeping terribly lately. Last night I got up every 2 hours. I feel "rested" now if I can sleep in 2 hour chunks. I imagine that's kind of what having a new baby will be like except way more exhausted because I will turn into a milk machine!

  2. Aww, such a cute little babe! I love hearing about mom experiences! I'm not a mom yet, but just love hearing about anything baby-related. Glad you are enjoying mommyhood so much!

  3. Such a sweet post! Yes, the whole lack of sleep thing is a real tough one but Sage will be sleeping longer before you know it, just hang in there. You're doing great! This phase really will pass quickly and it'll get easier soon, believe me. Until then, let the laundry wait, forget the vacuum and totally pick up take-out :)

  4. I think I would've cried had #1 happened to me. Hey, just another funny story you can share with all of us. If it makes you feel better, the story made my morning :)