You know how one year for a dog is like seven years for a human? Well, that’s EXACTLY how it feels raising a baby! I knew when I adopted my boxer mix, Domino, and my lab mix, Ringo, that my time with them would seem to fly by. I knew they would go from one year to five years in a blink of an eye. What I didn’t expect is just how fast my baby Nathaniel would grow in just five short months. It hasn’t been five years, but it’s five months later, and I do not have a newborn anymore. I have an infant who is hitting milestones left and right, and I feel if I do not pay close attention, I will blink my eyes, and he will be skipping off to preschool!
He’s already accomplished so much in his short time here on Earth!
Newborn: In his newborn picture that was taken minutes after his arrival, he is wide-eyed and bushy-tailed (or haired, he has a head full!) No just lying there like a sleepy baby. Nope. AND, he only wore newborn clothes and diapers for 10 days. His umbilical cord fell off within this time period, too. In these first months, he took his first car ride, he kicked, punched, turned over onto his side, started playing with his floor gym, and gave his first real smile. In addition, he handled meeting many of his family and friends quite well for being brand new to the world.
3 Months: By the time the “newborn” stage was over, he had doubled his birth weight, turned over onto his belly and belly to back, switched hands with a toy, began teething, began sucking his thumb successfully, held his head up, and started his adorable little baby babbling. He also went to church for the first time.
4 Months: During his fourth month, probably the most special milestone was the day he was baptized.
But, there were others, too. He reached out and pet the dogs, watched his first Saints game, did 10 consecutive minutes on his tummy (which is awesome for him since he hates tummy time!). In addition, he pulled himself all the way up from a reclined lying position to a full sitting position and had his first white cap of a tooth cut through his gums.
He also began making multiple consonant and vowel sounds and putting them together – no words, just lots and lots of sounds strung together. Seems he’ll be a “talker” like mommy.
Now, he’ll be five months old in three days, and I’m excited about what he will do next. I’m also as scared as I am excited, because it’s all going by so fast.
Don’t get me wrong. It hasn’t been all peaches and milestones. We’ve had days that he just can’t be put down, seemingly endless crying fits, sleepless nights, reflux, conjunctivitis, and a trip to the emergency room. Though, I guess that’s the stuff you have to go through to get to and appreciate the good stuff. Probably a post for another day.
In the meantime, I will enjoy all of my children (Domino, Ringo, and baby Nathaniel), and I have promised myself I will try to breathe more, be present for these moments, and take as many pictures as I can.
At least I don’t have to worry about him actually being seven years old on his first birthday! What a relief!