Today is a really special day.
Today Kennedy and I share an anniversary – it’s my 33rd birthday today and it’s her 9 month birthday. Tears all around – not all happy (haha) how am I 33! Real adult now!
This may seem really weird but when I was pregnant I was so afraid of forgetting Kennedy’s birthday. Of course – all mothers love their kids like crazy and remember everything but I am SO bad with dates. It is entirely possible that I could forget my own child’s birthday date. But Kennedy did me a huge favor and was born on the 13th. A number I never forget because it is my lucky unlucky number. I always guess it when someone says “pick a number”, and I’m a “13th” baby too. So thank you Kennedy. I will now never forget your birthday.
9 months in and I’m already starting to look towards her first birthday. Do I go all out? Do I mark it with a simple yet elegant party? She won’t remember – but I will – and so will our entire family. What to do?!
This month was a game changer for breastfeeding. Month 8, I had mentioned that my supply was going down – well it went REALLY down no matter what I did. So I decided to take a prescription drug call “Domperidone”. Why yes – it IS eerily similar to one of my favs – Dom Perignon. (Haha just kidding – I have had that ONCE in my life).
Well this “Champagne Drug” should be toasted more often – it’s a game changer! At least for me! No more worrying about my supply I am back up to normal and can still make my breastfeeding goal of a year.
But the pumping – oh the pumping. Such a love hate relationship. My lovely pump even came to Big Valley this year haha. What’s a mama to do when she is working 8am – 11pm with no baby? (Thank you Bob for taking the parenting lion share this August long weekend!) Also – side note (And kind of gross – beware) if you are drinking Rockstar energy drinks – BEWARE – they definitely do something to you! NEON milk. For reals. Yeah I waited a bit to feed Kennedy. And definitely did not give her any of that milk. Sorry that’s a lot of personal info there! But just be careful if you love energy drinks as much as I do.
Speaking of Big Valley – I didn’t bring Kennedy but oh I wish I had. I pretty much attacked everyone with a child and asked to hold their baby. Sorry to the CISN listeners I met who had baby Jaxin. He was so adorable. I almost stole him.
We are SO close to crawling! So far she just gets up on all fours and kind of just does a little jig. Sometimes she shuffles backwards, but forwards is not on her radar yet. It’s weird to think that soon she will be motoring all around. Scary actually. I quite enjoy that she stays in one place right now, haha!
LOTS of sounds coming from this tiny human. Every time I think she says “Mum” or “Dad” she says it over and over and then says it to the dog. Shoot. So close.
We also graduated to a new car seat. She officially grew out of her bucket seat and is now in a rear facing convertible car seat. HOLY – there is so much choice and pressure when it comes to this. Everyone has an opinion and these things are not cheap so you don’t want to mess it up!
The girl can EAT. She is now eating little mini meals of what we have for dinner. Huge fan of spaghetti (actually any pasta), steak and chicken. We’ve come so far from the little babe that hated EVERYTHING. Remember this?
So now’s the time to start thinking of another babe. According to the doctors’ orders – its best for your body to have 18 months between babies. 9 months not pregnant and then 9 months pregnant. That’s right now. Every time I see a little one I think YES for sure – let’s have another baby right away. But then I think about how busy I “think” I am with Kennedy and can’t imagine having 2,3,4! Moms with more than one baby – YOU MAKE IT LOOK EASY! It’s crazy – I am so scared I would lose my mind, haha! Lots of my friends are pregnant right now – I actually miss it. I am crazy.
I’m trying my best as Kennedy grows up so fast right before my eyes (everything they tell you is TRUE – it’s so fast) to just take in these moments. We go for walks and I just study her looking at everything and taking it all in. She is a tiny human now – not a newborn. I kind of get sad over that. But also very excited for everything that’s to come. I feel like such a nerd but she is just awesome. Every mom thinks that and they should. Kids steal your heart like you never saw it coming. I am shocked and overjoyed everyday over my obsession with her.
My mom’s group is still going strong, While it was the core 5 of us – it’s now expanded to a few more moms and it’s so great. I’ve had a few questions as to how I met these girls and how others can join a moms group in their area.
I actually met these lovely ladies through my best friend Jessica. We’re living out our childhood dreams – Best friends since we were 4, pregnant and due 1 day part, both had little girls born 4 days apart.
If YOU want to join a moms group – there are some great resources through Alberta Health Services. Click HERE for the link! Although it might be scary to join a group with ladies you don’t know – DO IT! It’s so helpful just to bounce ideas and experiences off of each other.
Thank you to all of YOU that have been with me on this journey. We’re all in this together. Nothing makes me happier than meeting you and hearing YOUR stories of pregnancy, babies and babies that are all grown up. Your experiences make all of ours that much better.