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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

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I'm so happy you get to write posts like this, Arwen. You make my day!

I always said it's the cuteness factor that saves 'em. ;-) Seriously, you put it so well... having a baby is SO hard and SO amazing and wonderful at the same time. Congrats on hitting the 5 month mark - it just gets better from there!

Happy 5-month 'birthday,' Camilla! What a cutie.

I remember asking my aunt what it was like to be a mom when I was expecting our first child. Her answer was short, sweet and oh-so-true: Your life will never be the same. It sounds cliched, but no book, no sage advice from relatives, nothing can prepare you for the challenges and the joys of being a parent.

I couldn't have said it better!

Happy 5 months, Camilla!

She is just adorable. I love the picture in the sling thing - what is that called again? Happy 5 months. I love that age, but then, I love every single age... but 5-8 months is particularly darling for some reason - oh, yes, they are cute, interact, and are often still immobile.

I'm glad you're a mommy. Congrats!

Great post. "Life-swallowing" is such a great descriptor.

The other thing you'll constantly be hearing is something like "Enjoy every minute - they grow up so fast." That's another one of those things that just doesn't mean anything until you turn around and your baby is 6 years old.

I'm coming out of the woodwork... I'm "Elizabeth, Catholic" too. I love reading about you and your little family.
Girl, I want what you've got! Keep it up!

And keep the pictures coming, she's adorable!

I visited some time ago (we were pregnant the same time) My Alex is now five months...you said exactly what my heart has been saying. Thank you..

Ray S. (senior) told me at choir practice "I just fell in love with your granddaughter this morning." I think he mentioned it to Bryan. Yeah, she's incredible!!! Love you all.

Cutie. Patootie.

Hooray, five months! Now that my Eve is one year old (her birthday was yesterday), I can say from my wealth of experience that babies go through a lot of "phases" in their first year. At least a dozen times over the last year I was in despair over some difficulty with Eve, imagining that it would go on forever. In fact, most of the difficulties resolved themselves inside of two weeks without much special effort on my part. I hear tell it's attributable to the ever-changing, ever-growing nature of babies. It sure does remove one's illusions of control in life, doesn't it?

I love how Camilla is starting to look like herself now, instead of looking like a baby, if you know what I mean. :-)

I'll second what the commenter above said about "Enjoy every minute..." My son was very fussy and very high needs, and my experience was a lot like yours. Perhaps you and I had it a little tougher, but I think the vast majority of new parents are extremely challenged even when they don't have a particularly fussy baby. But people would tell me "it gets better," and "it goes so fast" and my favorite, "everything will be different in six months." Six months! How was I going to survive six months!!! The books all said that perspective helps when you are living with a fussy or colicky baby. And I had so little perspective that I couldn't even comprehend the word perspective in that context. It made me angry! Why don't you come over to my house at 2 AM and I'll show you some perspective! Grrrr!

But now, almost eight years later, I know what they meant. It does go fast, and I think if a fussy baby suddenly fell in my lap, I would have an easier time surrendering to the experience--not that it would be easier. I would just have more patience with it. In fact, I had an epiphany one night at about the 2 year mark, as my child puked down the neck of my pajamas. I realized it was going to pass, we were all going to be okay, and I would be able to catch up on my sleep eventually. That was the beginnning of a much more peaceful time in my parenting career. (You haven't lived, by the way, until you've had warm vomit down your top--not milky spitup, but you know vomit with pizza and green beans or something. Mmmm...)

It sounds like you are doing great. Everyone goes through this. "Easy babies" invariably turn into demons on wheels when they start walking. Cheerful toddlers become tyrannical preschoolers. Etc. It is normal to be tired, and even not to be able to have perspective. The important thing is that you are there for Camilla, and are already helping her to become a wonderful human being. There are more challenges ahead of you, so just remember how you emerged victorious from the Battle of the Four Month Fuss and know that you can do it.

Love the pictures. Her cousin is trying to "eat her up" because she's very cute? Hilarious.

Wonderful post.. simply wonderful. You said so many things that are so true and that I've thought of often (especially with #2 on the way in 2 months with #1 turning 2 yrs last month... oy).

There is nothing so trying yet so rewarding as our kids. At least I haven't seen it. People hear me discuss my son's sleep issues and are surprised that I'm having another so soon. I tell them that it's just proof that it's all worth it.

Thank you for such a wonderful blog

Great post ... I just had to say that Lila totally does that scratching thing too! It drives me NUTS! What IS that?

Thank you this was just the post I needed to read today.

Ain't it true? And I suddenly find myself at almost two years with a simultaneous where-did-the-time-go?-yet-feels-like-a-lifetime reaction.

Oh, and she looks JUST LIKE HER DADDY! Not that I know him or anything, but I saw it right away in these pics from the few you have posted of him.

Sweet pictures and post!

I always love to see pictures of Camilla. She always makes me smile. I am so happy for you and your family. I love the scarf picture, and also the one with little toes. (I just want to eat them. Yums.)

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