The 7 Things I Learned in My First Year of Parenting…Part 2

The 7 Things I Learned in My First Year of Parenting…Part 2

Maybe I just never payed attention, or wasn’t given many opportunities to enact this talent before (or hadn’t spent countless hours holding a tiny human the size of a small watermelon within the alcove of my left arm), but I found myself consistently awe-struck at the number of things I could do with one hand. Making bottles for example – pouring with accuracy. Fixing the nipple inside the cap. Tightly screwing on the lid.

Folding laundry. Putting on make up. Straightening my hair. Sending emails. Emptying the dishwasher.

Not chopping vegetables. I tried many times. Veggies need two hands.

On Becoming a Parent: 7 Things I Learned in My First Year of Parenting, Part 1

On Becoming a Parent: 7 Things I Learned in My First Year of Parenting, Part 1

Let’s just start by saying that my son is nearly 18 months of age.

A lot has happened (in somehow, what seems to be a very long, and a very short period of time). I recognize that my perception of this first year can (and probably will) change. Still, part of the reason I wanted to take down my feelings here and now, is because of the proximity. The freshness. My feelings are pretty raw. And while I know that they’ll soften some, there’s a vividness… a clarity marking my experience as authentic. Un-romanticized. Maybe, un-apologetically accurate?

Anyhow, I think it’s also important to recognize that it’s taken me a full 18 months to actually sit down, process, and in turn write about this experience. If we had any questions about the impact that becoming a parent has had on my life –

there is your answer.

A Neutral Nursery

A Neutral Nursery

Rocking Chair from Amazon, Animal Prints from ETSY, Crib from IKEA

 

It’s true what they say, things change when you become a parent. Mostly, your concept of time –

which I can officially say, I have lost on all accounts.

 

Swiss Cross Swaddle from Oak & Mini – similar one here, Beanie from H & M (no longer sold), Onesie from Amazon

 

We welcomed our first son, Hudson, just over a year ago, and full disclosure it has been nearly 16 months of growing & adapting for both, myself (more info to come in the next post!) and my husband – just general life in full force. I am in complete and total awe of him; he is layered, textured and just so perfectly innocent. He already knows how to live his best life! I learn from him daily.

 

Sheepskin rug from IKEA, Similar Beige Pouf here, Boppy Newborn Lounger from Pottery Barn Kids

 

Baby llama print from Minted.com, Felt Garland from ETSY, 3-tiered cart from Target

 

These are some of the last photos I took before giving birth. Seeing them now feels a little nostalgic, because I can faintly recall this feeling of peace, quiet and total control over my surroundings… and boy do I miss it! Here, his neutral nursery is clean, serene, dynamic. And aside from this truly abhorrent carpet we haven’t been able to replace just yet (yes, we must choose our battles with home decor projects) – I am pleased with how it all turned out. Calming neutrals, soft textures and sweet little animal prints make it cozy. The dark wall adds contrast – just a little touch of masculine strength – without being too overbearing.

 

 

Shelf from IKEA

 

Though the space has changed some as he has grown over this past year, I thought it fruitful/valuable to stop and actually pin down my official vision – to take a moment to appreciate that while things tend to be a constant work in progress, it’s OK to recognize a point in time when you felt a project come to completion –

even if just for a fleeting moment.

 

Boppy Pillow Cover from ETSY
Wooden Playgym – similar here, Grey Canopy form walmart

 

 

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