I am realizing that going out ANYWHERE is quite difficult when toting a baby around, again this is something that I was told before I gave birth but did not really get until I was trying to go somewhere with the baby.
We have been lucky that we haven't had to go out much. The only outings that we have really had a set time we had to be there have been doctor appointments and we have been late to all but one of those. We are late even after waking up 2 hours before we have to leave the house- I used to be able to get up 30 minutes before I was supposed to leave and be on time!
I was so excited to go to a nearby town's pumpkin festival this weekend- we dressed up Emma Rose as a strawberry, I got all decked out in my farmer getup and hubby halfheartedly dressed up. The weather was supposed to be great, we even decided that we should have our 'farm dog' accompany us. We loaded up the stroller, the diaper bag, the baby, the dog and drove 20 minutes to the festival. We then unloaded the stroller, diaper bag, baby and dog and trekked to the festival. I will NEVER do that again. There were too many people, the stroller was hard to maneuver, it was hot, everywhere to eat had a long line, the dog wanted to sniff everything and visit with everyone, there was no place for me to breastfeed besides in the grass with toddlers running here and there. It was a mess! There were lots of other families there and they looked like they were having a good time, they must have mastered this getting out of the house thing.
Even after this experience we decided to make another trip out the same day. What can I say, we are gluttons for punishment. The next outing was not nearly as trying though. We headed out to a local farm only about 10 minutes from our house who was having an open house sort of thing. There was a pumpkin patch, a maze, a hayride, and of course a gift shop. This time we did not bring the stroller, and hubby carried her in the baby bjiorn. There were not too many people so we weren't dodging other kids and strollers the whole time. We rode the hay ride, fed some cows, did the maze and even attempted to take some pictures of Emma Rose in the pumpkin patch- she was not into it as you can see.
We have another doctor's appointment this week, hopefully we will make it on time!
Since I have entered into Mommyhood I feel like there are so many things no one ever tells you...or is it that they tell you but you in no way can understand until you live it.
For example I knew that new parents got little sleep but no one tells you that because you are the mommy it is going to be YOU that gets the least amount of sleep because you are the only one who can feed that baby (if you are exclusively breastfeeding of course). Which brings me to another thing no one tells you:
For the first few weeks it is going to feel like your nipples are going to FALL OFF. Holy smokes, I have no way of describing the pain. Sure, you read that your nipples are going to be sore, but I don't think that is a strong enough word! And then they tell you, "if it hurts, you're doing it wrong" well what the heck was I doing wrong?! She seemed full and content, her lips were doing the "fish thing", you couldn't see my areola, it all looked right but I sure did want to cry. Finally after about 5 weeks I could shower without wincing when the water hit my breasts.
You read about how your hormones are going to be all out of whack, but I wish someone would have said- "hey, when you're the most sleep deprived you have ever been in your life AND your hormones are going crazy you are going to feel like it is the end of the world when...you cannot find anything to wear (the maternity clothes are now too big and the pre-pregnancy clothes sure don't fit either), you forgot to shower that day, the baby has been crying for 40 minutes and you finally remember to check her diaper (duh, isn't that one of the first things to check) or fill in the blank with any other minor mishap.
About those clothes- I wish someone would have told me to buy more exercise pants. They are great for the beginning of pregnancy when you don't quite fit into maternity stuff but they are REALLY great after you have the baby and the maternity stuff no long fits and you don't want to even look at your pre-pregnancy jeans.
These are just a few things, I won't even get into the changes your body goes through...that's a whole other rant. Even after all that I know it's all worth it and we are so blessed to have a beautiful, healthy baby girl. I thank God for her everyday and for my sweet husband who is walking with me on this journey (I now have a new found respect for single parents). Here are a few pictures of our little one.