Tuesday, June 6, 2017
I've Got This...Oh wait.
The Newborn phase where every thing is a mystery including the color of their poop. Even if you've already been through the newborn phase, when you do it again it's still just as crazy. As soon as you have swaddling mastered, breastfeeding is going well and you are getting a few consecutive hours of sleep...BOOM, enter the infant phase.
The Infant phase where nothing is safe. Everything gets grabbed and put in their mouths. You have just figured out your child's "schedule" and then BAM a growth spurt or BOOM teething and everything gets thrown out and you are back to square one. Then there's the dreaded 4 month regression, introducing solids, moving them into a crib...all game changers once again to your parenting game, but just wait...
The Toddler phase where your child is now a walking talking human with strong opinions and ideas. AKA you are riding an emotional roller coaster every single day and tantrums pop up without warning. You think you have your sweet infant under control and it's so nice to be able to strap them in to a carrier or stroller and go, but now that you have a toddler, you have to start thinking about discipline and how to respond when your child does something to publicly humiliate you like throwing a tantrum in the middle of Target or running away from you in a parking lot. Then there's potty training and the transition out of the crib where every night is a new surprise. Will they stay in bed? Will they wet the bed? Will they get up and magically open the door and escape? Will I sleep tonight? Help!
And these are just the phases I've experienced so far and I haven't even mentioned how you feel when you add another child to the equation. So yeah, you will never hear me say "I've got this" when it comes to parenting and if I do say it, I'm sure it will be short lived.
Parenting is humbling and always an adventure. The best adventure if you ask me.