Monday, September 26, 2016

21 Months of Parenting

It seems like just yesterday tiny baby Scarlett came home from the hospital.  When I stop to think about it, it boggles my mind how almost two years have gone by in the blink of an eye.  The days and months of round the clock feedings gave way and eventually allowed us to have a full night's sleep at 6 months old.

The first year of Scarlett's life was definitely an adjustment and was met with its challenges. We went from bottles and burp cloths to sippy cups and solid foods.  Each stage was exciting and definitely something to celebrate and remember.  I documented each month in extreme detail in her baby book and took a slew of pictures.

As time went on, Scarlett met all of her milestones and did everything all of the textbooks said she would do.  I'm very lucky to be a stay-at-home-mom because I get to witness and experience everything first hand.  It would be nice if time would slow down slightly because everything is happening so fast.  When I look at pictures of Scarlett from even 6 months ago or a year ago, it's hard for me to remember her that small.  

Fast forward to present day and Scarlett is a wild and active child.  There's a slim chance you can get her to sit still to take a picture of her.  She's no longer the tiny girl laying on a blanket on the floor playing with a toy.  That child is now a sweet and silly toddler who can easily have a meltdown or tantrum with no notice.  She wants what she wants when she wants it! I'm trying to raise her as best as I can and teach her everything she needs to know. I call her my little helper as she loves to watch help me vacuum or wash dishes.  My days at home with her can be long and challenging, but nobody said parenting is easy! 

Of course I have my moments where I question decisions I make as a parent, but doesn't everyone? Those moments fade when I see her cleaning up her toys without being asked or giving Lynnie a toy.   This makes me smile and allows me to know I'm doing something right.

Being a parent is the hardest job in the world and everything lies on your shoulders to make your child the best they can be.  I'm very proud of the first 21 months and can only see bright things for the future.  

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