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From Newborn to Little Boy Boy in the Blink of an Eye

I was thinking back last night on the past seven months, and I began to get a little nostalgic for the first few months.

I was looking at our baby swing and putting away some of Austin’s clothes that no longer fit (he’s currently wearing 12-month clothes; it’s fine). I started to get kind of sad at how quickly it is going and thinking about how much I miss the baby phase, although, technically speaking, I guess he’s still in it. I was thinking about how we used to spend our days when he was just 2 or 3 months old.IMG_0123

First of all, we never slept; none of us. We would be awake the majority of the night, Austin would take a few little cat naps during the day, (when being held, of course), and the rest of the time I would spend shifting him from one play mat to another; you know, mixing it up!

He would lie on his back and reach for toys; if he rolled over, I would start clapping wildly and scare the crap out of him. I would take a shower as he sat in the lamb seat just outside the shower curtain, usually crying. My hair was never done, my makeup was never on, and I could barely function from lack of sleep.

But, if you had asked me then, I would tell you that those were the best days of my life.

Life with a 7 month old is a little different. Austin sleeps through the night, he takes two solid naps a day (in his crib), he rarely cries, and he’s so much fun to be around. At this point, I’m starting to feel like I have a little buddy at home with me. We laugh and we play. I shower while he’s taking a nap, I’m getting six-plus hours of sleep at night. He isn’t quite crawling yet, so yes, I do still move him from place to place, but it’s different.

He reaches for meAustin teeth, which is amazing, and you can tell that he is working hard to figure things out. I was playing with him in his room last night, and we were just laughing for 10 minutes. I mean, big belly laughs! I kept thinking: Does is get any better than this?

I feel like my son is becoming a little person now, and I am loving every minute of it.

If you asked me now, I would say that yes, I am still nostalgic for the first few months. It’s all so new and you can’t believe that this little baby is yours and, although you are functioning on coffee and 30 minutes of sleep, you wouldn’t trade it for the world. But, I will say, when I start to get a little emotional about my baby being 7 months and I can’t believe how fast time is going, I just look at his happy, little face and I’m reminded of all the amazing times we have ahead of us.

Love my little boy.

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