The nine months of pregnancy seemed so long at the time. In December 2010 I was getting down to the remaining weeks on one hand, hoping my daughter wouldn’t come too early but also hoping she’d get here soon. It was finally January 5, 2011 and my husband and I reported to the hospital for our scheduled induction, knowing we wouldn’t be leaving the hospital without a baby in our arms. My little girl arrived early in the morning on January 6, 2011.
Reading all the books and websites leading up to her arrival, my head was full just trying to prepare for bringing her home and the first three months. I couldn’t begin to think about six months down the road. Seemingly overnight, she turns six months old on July 6.
We’ve dealt with colic and doctors appointments, my husband having to go away for work for a month and a half, and feedings every two hours. The first time she laughed at three months old made it all worth while. I was laughing so much I started crying. I had so many emotions all at once; happiness, exhaustion, and everything in between.
I spent the second half of my pregnancy worrying over my little girls’ kidney condition. She ended up being born with mild congenital hydronephrosis. Thankfully no action needed to be taken, just monitor the situation. Six months marks what will hopefully be her final check on the condition. At three months it had already gotten much better and the doctor is confident it will be resolved by now.
If you had told my college-age self that I’d be a full-time wife and mommy, I would have thought you were crazy. Now I’ve been exclusively breastfeeding, read all sorts of early education websites, and am starting to make baby food. My life couldn’t be any more different from how I imagined it back then.
I am grateful to be able to stay home with her and get to experience the little things she learns everyday. There are some days when I just want to be able to sleep without interruption and if she cries again I’m going to rip my hair out. However, I wouldn’t trade my little girl for anything in the world and I can’t wait to see what new things she starts doing tomorrow.
The past six months have flown by and I know the next six months are going to go by even faster. Yeah, I’m already planning her 1st birthday party (pirate theme!). I’m looking forward to all the things we can do and places we can go as she gets older and learns to crawl, then walk, then talk.