I absolutely adore my daughter. Let's start with that. But (and no one could have told me this in a way I would have believed them), parenting is SUPER hard. As a person who considers herself independent and self sufficient, motherhood has been a true adventure for me. It changes everything. The dynamic with your spouse...The way you think of yourself and your contributions to the world...How your dog looks at you...I could go on, but I'll stop there. I do want to jot some things down to make sure I remember them when Isabel grows up.
- Isabel loves the bath and has ever since she was in the hospital. Her first smile happened after the bath. You love being wrapped up tightly in your towel for baby burrito kisses (nom, nom, nom).
- Funny enough, sometimes when Isabel is startled or frightened, she laughs. I wonder if this will translate to a love of scary movies. This would be a departure from her Dad.
- The Dock-a-Tot and the Miracle Blanket were a true lifesaver for Kyle and I as parents. And, once we transitioned Isabel out of one (we have yet to do the other...), it led to lack of sleep for both of us and probably one of the bigger bickering sessions of our marriage.
- Isabel loves dogs. Our dog, Campbell, could care less about Isabel, but she is SUPER interested in him. She also really took to my Mother and Father-in-law's dogs.
- Isabel is definitely a Daddy's girl. So many smiles for Daddy. So. Many.
- Being outside seems to be good for the whole family, Campbell included. Isabel has such a fondness for being outdoors and I hope this sticks for the rest of her life.
- We're trying to prevent Is from watching TV. It's hard. She's drawn to it. Baby crack.
Most of all, this is the most challenging and rewarding thing Kyle and I have ever done, but we love being parents and can't wait for what's in store. Tomorrow is Isabel's five month birthday and in honor of that, below are a few photos of Isabel as she's grown up over the past five months. (Looking back at these photos, I can't believe she was EVER this little...definitely something all parents probably say.)