I know it’s been a while since my last entry. I blame it on the life of a busy mom, Hurricane Sandy madness, power outages, Juliette getting over a stomach virus and a cold, hosting our first Thanksgiving, starting the Christmas rush, etc…I am sure all you Moms out there can relate, sometimes life just gets in the way.
I was planning on making my next blog all about “The UGLY TRUTH behind Motherhood,” which I did much research on and even had the help of some questions answered from many of you moms out there. However, in the spirit of the holidays approaching, I’ve come up with a funny little list, which I truly believe to be the truth, and have wanted to write about for some time now, as I think about it OFTEN. Basically it breaks down to the fact that the life of a baby is just awesome for them, and we should try to live our lives the same way! Never fear though…The UGLY TRUTH will be coming shortly after the New Year.
Until then, I have been thinking lately about how the more and more as we get older, being an adult sometimes, well sucks. There is so much responsibility to being an adult; at times it can be intoxicating. Isn’t there an age old saying of something like how we all wish we could see the world “through the eyes of a child…” quite ironic isn’t it? Because all we want when we are younger is to be older, right?
Well, here is my Top 10 list of why we should all should aspire to be more like our little ones:
1) THEY GET 10-12 HOURS OF SLEEP EVERY NIGHT! If you are lucky enough to have a baby sleep through the night, (Juliette has done so since about 2 months old thankfully), with the few exceptions of an illness or new teeth waking her up. In addition to sleeping soundly, they don’t have to get up to relieve themselves in the middle of the night, thanks to their diaper. They can roll around wherever they want and not fall off the bed. They have a nice lullaby to fall asleep to, and a pretty twilight turtle that lights up the room. If they don’t happen to sleep through the night, they get rocked to sleep, sung to sleep, put in a vibrating chair, put into a swing, or practically anything their parents can possibly find until they are finally sleeping! What’s an easy solution for us adults? Go to bed earlier!! Juliette barely makes it to 8:00 p.m. most nights. As adults, we don’t get nearly enough of sleep as we should per night due to many things, some out of our control, some in our control…but whether it be our jobs, stress, television, trying to get our little one to actually sleep, etc. Oh how I wish I could get 10-12 hours of sleep like they do!
2) THEY EAT A VERY WELL-BALANCED DIET– From mother’s milk to the most expensive milk that money can buy, formula. Any parent who has gotten even one of the so-called ‘cheaper’ formulas know how expensive it is. From there they move onto cereal and lots of pureed fruits and veggies. My now 16 month-old daughter still has three cups of whole milk a day and quite a bit of water too, (she hasn’t had any fruit juice yet, as it has really no nutritional value in it). I always make sure she has 3-4 servings of fruit/veggies each day and I don’t let her have too much sugar in her diet. She always has fruit with her breakfast and no matter what we are having for dinner I always make sure Juliette has a vegetable with it, which intern had led my whole little family to always have a vegetable with every dinner now too…no skimping on that one anymore. Anyone heard of the baby diet?? I think I might try it!
3) THEY APPRECIATE THINGS WE NEVER WOULD– We’ve all seen our little tots play with the box rather than the toy. My daughter is very happy just to “be” and always wakes up in a great mood. She gets such pleasure from things like our dog barking, waving at others, bananas, applauding at herself when she learns anything new, a song she likes, saying a new word, reading a book, and how can we forget ELMO? As adults, we get too caught up in the nonsense around us to appreciate things like this, but WE ALL should do more of that.
4) THEY NAP! Does this one really need an explanation? I miss my siesta days from camp, my almost daily naps as a college student, ahhhh naps are just wonderful…if you ever have time in your adult life to fit one in, do it!!! You will be very thankful you did, and you will also feel amazing afterward too! Babies have the right idea, at first they nap constantly, then move onto 3-4 times a day, then onto twice a day, and now Juliette just recently got to one nap a day. Even though this one long nap is now smack dab in the middle of the day, she needs it and I must admit, I need it too. This one nap is usually (on average) about 2 hours (sometimes more, sometimes less) and I get soooo much done during those two hours it’s a wonderful thing! Do I nap during those two hours??? Heck no! I used to nap when she napped back when she was just a few weeks old but now, no way! I clean, cook, do laundry, catch up on correspondence…but if I am completely exhausted or just need to kick back I might lie down and read or watch some TV, or on a an extremely rare occasion I might even fall asleep for a small amount of time. I miss napping!
5) THEY DRINK LOTS OF MILK– I sort of covered this one in #2, but we all see the “Got Milk” ads just about everywhere. Plus, there is the wonderful benefits that the vitamins and nutrients in milk give you, like calcium especially. Additionally, until the age of 2, babies drink whole milk…and from someone who drinks skim milk on a regular basis let me tell you they have the RIGHT idea…have you tasted whole milk lately? It tastes like cream…yum yummm!!
6) THEY DON’T HAVE TO CLEAN UP AFTER THEMSELVES IN ANY WHICH WAY– From the time they are born until they are way into those grade schools years, let’s face it- these kids have it good! They don’t wipe themselves, don’t feed themselves (for a while anyway), don’t bathe themselves, or dress themselves (that comes after a little while too). NOT A PARENT YET? You will soon learn a huge part of your everyday it just keeping them and your house looking presentable. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve almost tripped over a toy or book on the floor. Once (if you are ever) done cleaning them up, be sure to keep yourself presentable, I know it’s hard especially at the very beginning to even fit in a shower, but you will learn the best times to do so.
NOTE: My husband gave me the idea for this one…how did I not think of it first on my own? Leave it to the stay-at-home Mommy who does just about everything for her daughter to get BABY BRAIN (to learn more about this BABY BRAIN craziness see https://juliettesworldblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/losing-my-mind-my-balance-and-even-my-shoes-have-i-become-a-mom-or-a-just-klutz/) while trying to come up with a list about her! Thank you Steve 🙂
7) THEY CAN BURP AND FART IN PUBLIC AND NO ONE CARES! No ones cares IS RIGHT, its actually cute instead! How many time have you been out and let one loose and didn’t know what to do? You could never fart or (god forbid) much less poop your pants and not feel embarrassed. Burping? That’s a whole other story; it’s not crazy embarrassing in public as you can always excuse yourself, unless it was too big that is. But when you are a baby and you burp, Mommy and Daddy are very, very pleased. Juliette was a very tough burper until about 10 months old, so when she did get those burps out, we had our little mini-celebrations….unfortunately it was usually followed by some lovely looking (and smelling) spit-up, but in her defense, she did have a bad case of acid reflux.
8) THEY DON’T CARE ABOUT THEIR WEIGHT! They don’t care if they’ve gained weight at all, in fact it is so important that they do during those first few weeks of life, you feel like a failure as a parent if they don’t! The fatter they are, the better and cuter they are. Juliette was an average sized baby at first, 7 pounds 9 ounces, very long and skinny though. I always thought I was going to have a hugely chubby baby at first, but little did I know she would get there after a few months. Now that she is stretching out a bit and losing her cute little chunky baby thighs, I have to admit I am going to miss them! She is still in the 90th percentile for weight, and does that bother her or me? Not one bit at all!! I realize she might fall behind the 90th percentile, but whatever weight she is, I hope she doesn’t worry about it for a very, very, very long time! I wish we could all take a cue there. Back when I was an adolescent, I couldn’t gain an ounce if I tried, I was very tall and very thin, (and wish I appreciated that more), but that changed when I hit my late twenties, had two foot surgeries and then got pregnant too. Having to watch what I eat, and exercise for more than just ‘fun’ wasn’t a great feeling, but hey just another sucky part of being an adult I guess.
9) THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH WALKING AROUND IN THEIR UNDERWEAR! Onesie anyone? The cutest thing! Just a diaper? Why not? Even naked is just adorable too! Some people may love walking around in their skivvies in the privacy of their own home, or perhaps wearing an itty-bitty bathing suit on the beach. However, I think we can all admit that no matter what size, weight, etc. a baby in with just the tiniest amount of clothing is truly precious.
10) THEY HAVE NO PREJUDICE– Ignorance is truly bliss sometimes, and that is definitely the case with our little ones. They have no prejudice and are (for a little while anyway) oblivious to the world around them and all the hate there really is too much of out there. I think we would all be a little better off sometimes if we were the same way, unfortunately, life happens. Tragedies, sadness, death, and many other experiences could and most likely will affect them, but its important for us, as parents to do the best we can to help them through those difficult times and let them know they are truly loved. We need to reassure them that no matter what, no natter the color of their skin, or any religious or political view or something they have been through, I believe LOVE does and will truly conquer all.
So, there it is my list of why being a baby is freakin’ awesome! (I’m sure if I were a guy writing this I would also include something about breastfeeding, but I am sure we can all use our imagination there…)
Yes, I do realize that most of these things, as they are only babies/toddlers, they don’t care about because they are too young to even fathom any of this, but hey it’s the holidays and thought we could all use a little extra holiday cheer! Especially in light of the fact that of the absolutely terrible school shooting happened last week in my home state, Connecticut. I always knew Newtown to be a very safe, quaint, and nice place to live, and my hearts truly go out to those who lost anyone in that shooting. This is an awful thing for anyone to go through, and not only does it hit home with me because I was a teacher, but also because innocent children and staff were a part of this shooting. Losing a loved one is always a horrific ordeal, but when that loved one has barely lived yet, and is the apple of your eye (like I know my daughter is), I can’t even imagine going through something like that. Additionally, I am extremely proud of my fellow educators who stood in front of these children and risked/lost their lives. I am proud to say I was a teacher too, and will be again one day.
Now, go have some even happier holidays and enjoy that extra glass wine, or spiked egg-nog or pour a little extra peppermint schnapps into your hot chocolate, because if you are a parent, you deserve it! Hey, even if you aren’t a parent, we all work our butts off on pretty much a daily basis, so enjoy!
Have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! ~J