Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes. I blinked and now my baby boy is six months old! What?! How did that happen?
My family has grown quite a bit over the years since this blog began. To think, when R&R just started out, my husband and I had one little man with another on the way. And now that we’re a family of five, I sometimes sit back in full amazement feeling grateful that we have been so blessed to build our family. My husband puts it best when people ask us what it’s like to have three kids. He simply states that our tolerance for crazy goes way up and let me tell you, it’s true!
Levi Michael entered our world at 6:24AM on Sunday, February 28, 2016. Our family was complete and we were overjoyed and overwhelmed all at once. And soon after returning home with our precious bundle, I proceeded to have the worst case of mommy brain I’ve ever had in my life. Thankfully, it wasn’t my first time experiencing this mom phenomena. Knowing I’m not the only one who struggles with this, I decided to take action and share my tips for battling mommy-brain when you have a newborn.
1. Write down your birth story as soon as you possibly can after you return home from the hospital – mine is scribbled on a scrap piece of paper currently nestled in his baby book. Someday I’ll have time to re-write it, but I may not have remembered all the little details of the timeline if I’d waited to do it.
2. If you have a baby book, place it out in an open spot where you can see it daily. Like the birth story, it can be difficult to remember exactly when you first caught that little smile or the time when they rolled over on their own. I keep Levi’s baby book on his dresser and that way it’s an easy reminder to jot down memories as they happen.
3. Plant notepads and pens in the most frequented places in your home – bathroom sink, kitchen table, nightstand – you get the picture. I always think surely I’m going to remember that one unique something and then inevitably, I don’t!
4. If you’re nursing, you need to stay extra hydrated. I keep a carafe and glass by my bed in the likely event I’ve finally curled up in bed, exhausted but dying of thirst.
5. Same tip as number 4 – only with baby wipes! And if you’ve got other kiddos running around, then you know that a baby wipe can pretty much take care of any spill, mess or other unknown forms of dirt or grime on your child’s face.
Whether you’re a first-time or third, fourth or fifth-time mom, you instinctively know to treasure the little moments, because in the blink of an eye your baby will unavoidably grow up.