You know you're tired when you wake up and the first song in your head is "Big, Blonde, and Beautiful" from Hairspray and you haven't seen the movie in months. You know you're tired when you're ironing your husband's dress shirt like you have innumerable times before and you nearly burn yourself two or three times. You know you're tired when you go downstairs and realize that you were so tired from the night before that you forgot to turn off the light in the living room. (So much for lowering that electric bill.) You know you're tired when your baby spits up in your bed and you use a onesie that she's not wearing to wipe it up and lay right back down. (That sounds kinda gross when I write it out that way...) You know you're tired when you willingly let said baby gleefully whack you repeatedly with her teething toy while you're lying down if it means you get to close your eyes for a bit longer. You know you're tired when.... this list could go on and on! And that's only a peek at yesterday morning--a day that marked six months of life for our sweet Naomi Grace.
Here are some mind-blowing statistics for ya:
We've changed approximately 950 diapers.
We've cleaned up the aftermath of 10 or less poopy diaper blowouts (not bad, eh?)
We've lost a crazy amount of sleep.
Here are the things that make that other stuff fade into the background...
First smile. First laugh.
First time flipping over.
First time trying foods.
Sitting up and scooting around.
Snuggles, snuggles, and more snuggles.
So. Much. More.
Parenthood is hardly easy. If that first paragraph didn't state it plainly enough, being a mom can be exhausting. It takes a ton of discipline, and Lord knows I'd be lying through. my. teeth. if I said I was even close to as disciplined as I know I need to be. I am ever so thankful for new mercies from God each and every day, because while I may be on track and doing great one day, the next day I can be an oversleeping, irritable, impatient mess. It's not like I didn't know this could/would be the case once I became a mom. However, experience can be way different than head knowledge, especially when it comes to parenting.
Being a mom to Naomi during these six months has been much more fun and rewarding than it has been trying, and I thank God for that! I am incredibly blessed to have such a strong, smart, and beautiful baby girl, and I look forward to doing life with her for years and years and years and YEARS to come! :-)