I think I already mentioned that I'm going to be doing guest posts on a Mommy Connections website. I just did my first one! Feel free to check it out: Mommy Connections Blog Post. It's about the choice to have only one baby.
Now for this post.
Today is Anthony's nine month birthday (anniversary?) My plan wasn't for my blog to be all about my kid or a 'Mom' blog. However, it's basically my life now. I'm just getting back into writing, and I'll be able to blog about that soon, but for now, it's just as easy to post about my life, and that includes my sweet nine month old.
Nine months is kind of a big one. It means he's been outside for as long as he was growing inside me.
|Around a year ago today, Anthony was still growing inside me. I was about six months pregnant.|
|Today, he is a wonderful, healthy baby growing on the outside.|
The nine months of pregnancy were scary and crazy. The last trimester was tough. Growing a baby on the inside is nothing compared to nine months of my wonderful Anthony.
During pregnancy, Anthony was growing and becoming a human. Other than the tummy growth, I didn't see it.
Now, I've been so lucky to be able to watch him grow and change in front of my eyes.
I think it was a lot easier to keep him safe while he was growing inside me. My little nine month old is full of adventure, and ready to take leaps any chance he gets. Even if the leaps include bumping his head.He's brave, and he's stubborn, and he NEVER gives up. As far as I know, he didn't bump his head a lot while he was in the womb. (That being said, his head was stuck for a a little too long.)
The thing with this nine month milestone of Anthony's is that it's also my milestone. It's Clint's as well.
Life has changed a ridiculous amount. For instance, I'm home blogging on a Saturday night, hoping that Anthony stays asleep long enough for me to finish the post. Last year about this time, we were going to Rush games, and getting to every concert we could. Going out for supper after 5pm, and enjoying life without a mini attachment.
I still stayed home to blog, write, or read before he came along, it was just completely different.
Instead of getting out at night, I make sure to get out during the day between naps.
I'm more exhausted than ever, I stress more about making the correct decision, and I worry about what's going to happen.
I wouldn't have it any other way. Having something as important as Anthony to stress about is a great thing. He has changed my life in so many wonderful ways.
I smile more. I laugh more. I feel lighter. I always feel lighter now (other than the almost 20 pound mini-me I carry around with me). The weight of the world lifted a bit when I got comfortable being a mom.
I was concerned that depression would be an issue because it's something I've dealt with, but for some reason it hasn't. I'll admit, I've had really rough days. I've cried a lot. Happy tears and sad tears.
It's been hard, but it's been great. I think having a little guy looking up to me makes me fight harder. He keeps me going, and even when all I want to do is sneak under the covers and close my eyes.
I did the gratitude thing pretty well before Anthony, but now I'm throwing in optimist to the mix. It's a bit harder, but I want Anthony to grow up thinking he can do anything, and he can make the world a better place. I want him to trust that things will get better. I want me to trust that as well.
He's also helped me come out of my shell a little. I've met more people because of him. I have friends, but I didn't really expand my network of friends since moving to Saskatoon (other than work friends.) Now I get out and I meet other Moms, and it has been nice to be able to talk or vent about things that are going on in my life, knowing they won't judge me because they're in the same place.
Just quickly, anybody in Saskatoon, here are some awesome things you can do with your baby, and meet awesome people.
Mommy Connections (classes weekly with other Moms to learn about Mom life. They also have a Mom and Baby active - you get to try out all the active things in Saskatoon for Mom and Baby. Also fun side events for mom and kids, or just moms.)
|Kickboxing (so much fun!)|
There are many more, but those are a few of my favourites.
We are also doing swimming lessons
with http://kkswimschool.com/. Definitely worth it to get the babes started early.
Bit of a disjointed post today. That's what we've been doing this past winter, but we are slowing things down a little bit in February and March.
My brain is slowly shutting down for the night, so I'm going to wind this down.
Long story short, today, I celebrate being a mom for nine months. Clint celebrates being a dad for nine months, and Anthony celebrates being in our world for nine months.
Time is moving way too fast.
Here are a couple more photos from our day.
|He's helping Momma vacuum.|
|Wine bottling with Mom and Dad.|
One last thing, it's National Wine Drinking Day! So Cheers all!
I'll try to be more on task next post. I feel like this one was a bit all over the place. It's been an eventful nine months.
"Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year."
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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