what motherhood means to me

I decided to start a new series that I will do occasionally, not a weekly series, just a post here and there talking about what motherhood means for me right now, the good, the bad, the lot of it, basically things that I want to write down so I remember for later :-)

What motherhood means to me right now is:
  • My son is shrieking, not screaming but shrieking, a very high pitched shrieeek!
  • I have come to dread the questions from people, is he sleeping through the night? At this time I want to respond with do you sleep through the night? I know that is rude but no, no my son who is 5.5 months isn't sleeping through the night. Also when you ask if my son is sleeping through the night, please don't tell me at what young age your son or daughter was when they were sleeping through the night.
  • After the 4-month sleep regression/wonder leap, the changes I have noticed in my son is amazing especially how curious he is about his surroundings. He is putting everything, everything! in his mouth. He is watching what Sean and I do all the time and especially with a glass he wants to imitate us drinking from the glass (don't worry nothing is in the glass for him to actually drink).
  • We got the sweetest gift from Red Envelope, a personalized weekender bag. Red Envelope reached out and wanted to provide Caleb a gift, which I thought was so sweet. They were an excellent company to work with and their customer service was great, very prompt and if you are looking for some great personalized gifts check out Red Envelope. (I wasn't paid to provide a review, this is my honest option of a great company)

  • I love getting to be more interactive with my Caleb, taking him to the park, putting him on the swing, watching him sit up propped with the Bobby and reach for his toys.
  • Motherhood has turned me into such a sap. I was watching Ladies of London last night when Caprice got her son via surrogate and did the skin to skin after he was born and it got me all teary-eyed remembering back to when I did with Caleb right after he was born. The tears these days come a lot quicker nowadays, this from a former self-described stoic person.
  • I love the way his eyes light up when certain toys are placed in front of him, he definitely has his personal favorites that is for sure. 

 He loves this zebra

And Sophie and that plush lion too and of course the pacifier but he just plays with it
  • There are certainly hard moments being a mom too like trying to juggle all that I have to throughout the day. There is a constant feeling of being overwhelmed nags at me most of the day, but then Caleb gives me a huge smile and then I realize he is the most important part of my day. If he is happy, if he is fed, if he is sleeping enough, then that is enough for right now :-) It is hard to remind myself of that but he is my priority during the day, all that other stuff that needs to be done can wait.

That's all for now :-) 


The Pink Growl said...

I love this post! And I love seeing all your updates and pictures on Caleb.

Hilary said...

I think that's why I got so overwhelmed with MY BABY SHOULD BE SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! Everyone and their brother seems to remember their baby STTN by 3/4/5 months, but if you talk to moms with babies your age, they mostly all tell you that theirs is still waking up, too. I just read an e-mail today from What to Expect that said Beckett should be going 7-8 stretches and when I counted it up, that's exactly what he does, so he's NORMAL. Which is a huge relief.

I'm super sensitive now, too, when it comes to baby things. ESPECIALLY if I'm watching a medical show and there's a baby crying. I just lose it!

Pamela @ alittleglitter.com said...

Oh my goodness! Those cheeks! I cant even deal! Your little man is adorable! When my daughter was little I tried to remind myself that every baby is different and develops at their own pace. There really is no "normal". He will sleep through the night when he is ready. It is not a race. I am sure you would prefer him to do that sooner rather than later though, lol.

Jaelan @ Making Mrs. M said...

Oh I so love his fuzzy hair! :) These posts will be so sweet to look back on as he grows older.

lori said...

i love this post! you are doing a great job, mama! carter is 11 months now, and it seriously keeps getting better and better the more interactive they are! i love it!

Heather said...

Your son is so adorable! It's awesome that you're chronicling your experiences and what motherhood means to you.

BLovedBoston said...

He's such a cutie!! At least you have a great excuse to be sappy - I don't have one and cry at the drop of a hat - yes cried when I was watching LOL too! lol

Court @ Sweet Home Alabamian said...

Sleeping through the night--- so much truth to what you wrote. It's so funny because every GREAT mom has plenty of weaknesses to share but those are always the BEST moms!!

Tiara Wasner said...

Meg this is very sweet. Watch out he's going to be a lady killer :)

Rod and Alex - aka: "Rolex" said...

Oh my goodness! He is absolutely adorable!!!

Don't worry about him not sleeping through the night - and don't listen to other parents when they tell you about their child and how they were sleeping through the night AT BIRTH. Haha. Every child is different - he'll sleep through the night when ready. :)

Kelli @ A Deeper Joy said...

Aww I just love your love for Caleb :) I can't wait to be a mother. He is adorable! Those cheeks!

Nat said...

What a cutie!! If it makes you feel any better my son didn't sleep through the night until he was 8 months old and it wasn't consistent until he was about 9.5 months- don't let other moms stress you out! I've heard boys take longer to sleep through the night

Allison said...

That pouty face is just the cutest!!! I loved reading this post Meg. :)

picklesandchapstick said...

I basically started bawling my eyes out as I read this post. I guess motherhood does that to you. Mama..... I feel you on that sleeping through out the night question. It used to bother me. It still bothers me when mothers try to size up their child to mine. These pictures were adorable and I LOVE that bag!!


Jessica said...

Yup, totally can relate! I'm a hormonal mess and have been getting little sleep! Mothering is sooo hard, but so worth it. Some days I feel like such a failure, but luckily my lil guy doesn't judge!