A New Moms' Accomplishments List

EH had his two month well visit yesterday and all is "well."  However, he had to get some vaccinations which involved one that was oral and two that were injections.  He loved the oral one, tolerated the first shot with a flinch, and screamed bloody murder for the second.

Yesterday I think his legs were sore where the shots went in.  He was nearly inconsolable. I spent most of the day holding him, hugging him, soothing him.  In return he mostly cried, but eh, what can you do?

Today he seems to be running a low-grade fever although at one point I got worried because he was crying and was extremely sweaty.  But that seems to have passed now and I know that fevers are a side effect of vaccinations.

Hi Everyone!!!

On the positive side, he seems to be very sleepy today and he's been napping like a champ so far today.  So much so that I realized I did 3 truly remarkable things today that I would like to categorize under the heading of "New Moms Accomplishments List."

  1. I showered!!!! BONUS POINT - I dried and straightened my hair!
  2. I put on REAL CLOTHES!!!! (As in jeans and a shirt - usually I just walk around in sweatpants and whatever shirt I slept in.) 
  3. I ate breakfast AND lunch!!! (Granted it was cereal for breakfast and soup and chips for lunch, but both occurred before 1:30 p.m.) - BONUS POINT: I also washed my dishes!!!!
  4. I put a load of laundry in the wash!!!!

What's that?? You do all of those things every single day? Usually in a matter of 60 minutes or less?

Yeah, I know. I used to too.  But with a newborn, everything changes and I find myself skipping the general everyday "me" care items in order to tend to baby care things.  That means that most days I don't get dressed, don't eat well (if at all before 2 p.m.), and I almost never find time to shower.  If I get in three showers a week I feel really good about myself.  Don't worry, I'm not disgustingly greasy or sweaty or anything like that. I spend 95% of my time at home doing nothing more than baby care and the occasional bit of housework. Trust me, I am not getting particularly dirty.

I guess it's about time I get these simply day-to-day personal hygiene and health tasks under control. After all, I go back to work in just over two weeks now, and EH starts his first "transition" day at daycare on Tuesday. As in NEXT WEEK!  I am not kidding when I say that every time I think about having to drop him off at day care for his first full day I tear up, and I am not usually a particularly emotional or teary person.

I have no idea what my "accomplishments" list is going to look like once I have to go back to work.  Seriously, you mean I have to shower, dress myself, eat, do laundry, spend time with the kid, cook dinner for DH AND somehow spend 10 hours a day at work????

Right now it seems completely and utterly impossible.


Suzi said...

Try to think of it this way. In 3 wks you'll be able to add, "was a fully functioning adult," and "contributed to society" to that list. ;)

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how FAST you forget what life with a newborn is like! Now, everytime I read your blog I think this will be my life in a few short months--but I'll also have a 3 year old! This pregnancy is FLYING, I can't believe it! I know I will be so thankful that I can accomplish this things you have accomplished :) Keep up the good work!!
Emily :)

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