Wednesday, August 24, 2011

One Month and Rules Please?!

My baby is one month old!
Well technically one month and one week today but I took this picture last Wednesday when her one month mark was official.  I just sort of guessed that probably I should be documenting monumental milestones like that.  Is that what you're supposed to do?

You see the problem for me with motherhood is that there is no rule book on how to do it all right.  If you know me like Kyle knows me then you know that I like rules (pretty much all of them made up by me).
"THIS is how you load the dishwasher the best way."
"THIS is how you wash your whites"
"THIS is how you make your bed with hospital corners."

I thrive on knowing how to do things the best way.

This is not a particularly agreeable personality trait, by the way.  Because you know what?  There are a lot of things that don't have a right way to do them and that drives me crazy.  I'm always on the hunt for the fastest route, the most efficient use of time, the best way to blah blah blah.

Let me tell you one thing, this is the best way to annoy your husband because if you are me then you married a man who does not thrive on rules as such.

But I had a large cranberry limeade from Sonic tonight and oh man, it was so good.  I crave cranberry like it's my job.  And I'm not even pregnant anymore.

And anyway, motherhood.

I realized today that I have no idea what I am doing.
I mean I know the important things like change it when it's dirty, feed it when it's hungry, hold it when it cries...

But here's where I get lost: what do I do with a 5 week old baby all day?  Aside from feeding and changing, I spend a good deal of my time staring at her cuteness and watching mindless reality television.  Thanks to football season, cable has reappeared in our home.  Hello Kardashians!  Hello Project Runway!  Hello America's Next Top Model!
Can someone please make me a freaking schedule for crying out loud?!?
Or an instruction manual?!?!!
Or lend me Baby Einstein?!?!
As much as I love Kim and Kourtney and Tim and Tyra, I hardly think these are good role models for my infant.

Of course all of this is to say that again, there are no rules.
I know this.
But seriously, it drives me crazy.


Kellie said...

You're so comical. I love your blog. Anyway- I just say to really enjoy these first few months of filling the days with reality-television and crafting because in a matter of months she will be begging to be in your arms, then she'll be mobile and you'll follow her every move, then she'll be begging to go outside (all of which is WONDERFUL, don't get me wrong, but exhausting). So live it up! She's adorable!

Crystal said...

I remember my first 6 months with Brielle... they were wonderful, but soooo freaking sllloooow (since newborn babies aren't that playful or busy). I know exactly how you feel.
I like what Kellie said. Just enjoy it, because soon it will be be very different. It sounds like you are already doing it exactly right... as long as you are taking lots of pics and blogging about her on a regular basis! :)

Anna said...

You should just watch her because before long she won't sit still enough for you to watch her! I have been a mom for 8 1/2 years now and I still don't know what I am doing! Oh, I have lots of Baby Einsteins - call me.

Kim Post said...

This is the best part of being a mother Kourtney, there are no rules! She is YOUR baby and you get to make up YOUR rules, how much better can it get? lol..Having your first baby can be overwhelming since yes there really aren't any rules. Enjoy every second you can with her and conitue what you are doing now. Love her, protect her, nuture her, feed her, cuddle her, and be a good role model for her. Newborn stage honestly isn't alot of fun. When they get about 3-4months is really when the fun starts IMO. They start to really giggle, smile, coo, and are awake more. The best thing to do now is SLEEP when she is so you can be alert and ready for all the fun that goes with being a mom. She will be sitting up, crawling, and walking before you know it so enjoy the peaceful sleepy baby now while you can. Karli is 10months old now and it still seems like yesterday I kissed that velvetie silky cheek when she first came out of my stomach. You are a amazing mother and miss Avery is so blessed to have you as her mom. We love you and just keep on doing what you are doing.

It Started With a Wink said...

haha I feel the same way sometimes like shouldn't there be something besides smiling and talking to him for his development yet, I've decided now is a good time to learn to remain calm through his crying and relax