I had no clue how much my life would change when Emily was born. I mean, everyone told me it would, and I knew in some abstract way that it would, but I still marvel at how much is different. One of the main differences is much more worrying thinking I have to do on a daily basis. Take today, for example. Here are some of my thoughts: Should I give Emily one or two naps today? How much sleep did she get yesterday? Will she take two naps if I try putting her down twice? Should I let her feed herself her oatmeal this morning or take the easy way out and do it myself? Is she getting enough vegetables? Did I close the gate to the stairs (this one's been echoed about a dozen times)? She's outgrowing all her 12 month winter clothes! Do I spend the money to buy larger winter clothes even though it's almost spring? Is she getting another tooth? Does it hurt? Does she need orajel? She's still not saying very many words - is that normal? Should I consult a book?
And on and on it goes. Now, I realize that I have a natural tendency to overthink things. And I also know that Emily's my first baby, so I tend to worry more about well, everything. But seriously, being a good parent is a HARD job! So thanks, mom, for making it always look so easy. And now, finally, a question for me: what do I want to eat for lunch today?