three months of charlotte

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Today at 11:29 pm, Charlotte will officially be 3 months old.

Becoming parents is a huge adjustment. It is one of the most amazing adjustments of my life. I’ve alternately thrilled over new accomplishments, and inwardly been amazed that we made it three months without any giant mishaps.

We’ve weathered the first cold, We’ve gotten going to town down a little better. We have found and lost night time routine at least a dozen times.

Charlotte weighs in at 14 lbs, and is officially wearing 3–6 mo clothes. I never get tired of the snuggles, and the smiles.  The 1200 pictures on my iPhone chronincal  the gradual change from squishy infant into wriggling, chubby babyhood. My heart begs for time to slow down. My sleep deprived body looks forward to the first night of more than three hours of sleep at a time.

Without a doubt, motherhood is the most time consuming thing I’ve ever attempted. I’ve floundered through days after sleepless nights. I’ve come face to face to to the reality of a true never ending laundry pile and the monster of the perpetually unmade bed.

I’ve gained new awe for work at home moms who keep a whole family fed, clothed and somewhat on track while bringing in an income as I’ve battled my way to deadlines these last three months.
I’ve found first hand that there are few rules in mothering. What works for one, won’t work for another. Instinct, prayer, and precious advice to just do what works for us, regardless of what the books say have helped to keep me sane.

But in spite of the crazy days, the sleepless nights, the never ending laundry and the house that doesn’t get vacuumed as often as I wish there is no doubt in my mind that these last three months have been some of the greatest moments of our life.

Being a parent isn’t easy. We’re learning as we go. But there is nothing we’d trade for these moments.

And today, we’re thanking God for three months with our girl.

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Comments

  1. Kirsten D says

    What a precious, lovely baby girl you have there, Chantel!

    This morning I woke up and thought how lovely it would be if this next baby (due in 4 weeks) was here already and I could just lay in bed and cuddle…no thought of the soreness that will accompany the blessed arrival, of course, just of the luxury of breakfast in bed for a few days. :-) Then I thought how nice it would be to be past that first 8 weeks of adjustment. And then immediately realized how quickly those 8 weeks do fly by and how rare and precious those newborn days are. Now I see this picture of Charlotte and have been given a needed reminder to just delight in my little ones today, one of the last days of having just a two-year-old and a one-year-old before a newborn gets added to the mix, the last few kicks I’ll feel inside for a while, the last few nights of sleeping longer than a few hours at a time. There’s so much to enjoy today – so much to look forward to tomorrow!

  2. says

    You’re one of the friends I’ve celebrated for with all my heart this year and I’m still more thrilled than I can say that you and Scott are so blessed, that you have Charlotte, that you’re gifted with the joys of motherhood now. *Hug!* I hope and pray that the next three months (and the three after that … and after that … and after that for years and years and years to come) are even more filled with joy and wonder for you and Scott with Charlotte.

  3. says

    She is precious! Love what you said about how what works for some, doesn’t work for others, and instincts and prayer are what see you through. Mothering is one of those things that make you depend on the Holy Spirit at a whole new level!

  4. says

    Awwww she is precious! What a wonderful, beautiful little gift you’ve got! You are sooo right about parenthood taking adjustment. I’m still adjusting 6 months in! LOL But you know, I always try to keep at the forefront of my mind what a dream come true it is to be a mommy finally. It is, so much. And I am a huge believer in mom’s instincts, and of course being led by the Holy Spirit! So glad I’m NOT in this parenting adventure, alone! :) God bless you and your little family. :)

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