Although this post is titled ‘3 months with Ralph’, I feel like I really should have called it ‘life with a new baby’. Today marks exactly 3 months with baby Ralph and 1 month since my last baby update (you can read my 2 month update here). After posting a two month update I was not sure that I would ever post another again because I got more than a handful of negative e-mails and comments after people read my post. Apparently it is a bad thing to say that you have an easy baby and it makes others feel bad if you have had an easy transition. I just think it is really strange that people judge you for things that you decide to do. It’s hard for me to think that way because I literally do not care ‘why’ people do things. Yes, I am always interested and love hearing their side but ‘You Do You’ has always been my motto. I have always felt that thinking that way opens my mind to others choices/reasoning.
Now, when I started this blog in August of 2011, I made a promise to myself to always be authentic and honest about my experiences, products I like and brands that I work with. When I made the conscious decision to add baby content (you can see the full dallas wardrobe baby site here) upon finding out I was pregnant, I made the same promise to myself to make sure that I was truthful about my experiences/products/etc. Throughout my pregnancy I posted about how I personally felt about pregnancy (not the biggest fan), things I liked and lots of things I didn’t like and once again..the shammers (or internet trolls as I like to call them); hid behind their computers and made snarky comments about my personal experience. Apparently you have to say you’re having a terrible time or tell people what they want to hear to be relatable? Still trying to figure that one out.
Since I am at the 3 month mark (today) with Ralph, I figured I would post again about MY personal experience with MY baby. I have to say, not a whole lot has changed since my last update. We are now in what I like to call our ‘new’ normal routine with Baby Ralph and learning so much from him each and every day. Our routine still consists of long mornings, work outs a few times a week (I attend the occasional class in between his morning-mid morning feed), ordering in (thank goodness for postmates), dinners out (we try and take him to dinner at least once a week) and my NEW favorite thing..our Sundays. Wade and I also try and keep things as normal as possible for the two of us because at the end of the day our relationship is number 1. (‘normal’ for us is morning coffee, dinner and really just spending quality time together).
When I last gave you all an update; Ralph was still loving his schedule. While he is still on a very strict schedule (it makes him predictable and let’s us be able to have a somewhat ‘new’ normal routine); he is now up a lot more which is SOOO much fun. He loves to look around, ‘talk’ and watch tv. The T.V. thing has been a thing for him since he was 6 weeks old but now it’s amazing the way he will bend around to try and get a glimpse. Sometimes he gets so distracted by the television even being on that we have to hide it from him if he needs to nap or eat.
The last week the weather has gotten a bit nicer, so Ralph has loved laying in the backyard and taking long strolls on Sunday. I know I said this in my last update but life with Ralph is so much fun. I really wasn’t lying when I said he is such an easy baby..because he really is. (side note: if we ever have a second, I guarentee that baby will not be as easy as Ralph). Having an easy baby (he could get more difficult the older he gets), really has made the new dynamic of having a baby very seamless (because he is easy and has really cried probably 4 times).
One thing that I can say is really interesting about having a baby is that prior to having Ralph I thought it would be super easy to leave him. I thought I would have no problem packing my bags and going on a little get away. Well now that we are 3 months in, I am not going to lie when I say that I am not ready to leave him yet. Sometimes when I’m running errands or at a meeting and I know that he is awake and I am not there I have this weird anxiety like I am missing something. That is for sure something I NEVER thought I would have. Never say never!
As easy as Ralph has been, yesterday was the hardest day because baby Ralph is sick. He has a head cold and not having ever been around a sick baby, it really is the saddest thing because you are trying to do everything you can (vapor rub, humidifier, steam, bath, etc) but they still feel bad. It was so sad last night putting Ralph to bed when he was so upset that he felt bad. After snuggling him for a bit, he finally calmed down and was out for the night. I am hoping that in the next couple of days he takes a turn for the better!
Ralph now is 13 1/2 pounds, 24 inches long (tall?) and is still the sweetest most calm baby. Wade and I say everyday that we are so thankful to be able to raise such a sweet boy. I cannot even believe that it has already been 3 months but as much as I have loved the first few months, we have started to see bits and pieces of sweet baby Ralph’s personality; so between that and the constant smiles and little giggles I know how much more fun (if that is even possible), we are going to have with this little sweetheart.
I’m sorry if I started out this post a bit harshly, it’s just somewhat exhausting to put yourself out there and just get trolled for saying it’s been really great having a baby that happens to be really easy,not fussy and a good sleeper. IF I do another update in the near future, I am realistic that things could change…I mean we are quickly approaching the 4 month sleep regression. Until next time…