Proverbs 16:24

"Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." -Proverbs 16:24

November 08, 2011

"babies are always more trouble than you thought- and more wonderful"

(Title quote by Charles Osgood)

When I found out that I was pregnant, I had high hopes and big plans. I planned to breastfeed till Adalia was at least one, use cloth diapers, make my own baby food, get her sleeping through the night by three months, use only natural soaps, and never let any food coloring or preservatives touch my precious babies lips.

Now, almost nine months later, Adalia is in generic Target brand diapers, drinking formula, just licked her first Dorito, still not sleeping through the night, and getting soaped up with any baby soap that I can reach at the time.

And, guess what? I DON'T MIND! Haha.

My big, bold baby plans were smashed to bits when this sweet bundle was set on my chest after twenty short minutes of pushing her out of the safest home she will ever know.

She is currently teething, has fallen off a full size (full height) bed, falls down regularly and often finds the corner of something on the way down. She screams so loud it legitimately hurts my ears, making them ring for a few minutes after her most peircing shreiks.

But you can't stay mad at a face like this :)

And just to clarify, my views on how important breastfeeding is or how much healthier cloth diapers are haven't changed...My milk dried up around six months, despite nursing often, pumping, staying hydrated and eating healthy! We switched to disposable diapers because we had to move out of our home into an apartment that doesn't have a good enough washing machine to get them clean. And she eats organic baby food, even though I buy most of it. She grabbed a dorito from her brother while I was washing dishes and by the time my hands were dry, she had already licked it.

My post was mostly just about how I had to die to some expectations. God is still good and my kids are still healthy even though its not the perfect scene I had imagined! Sometimes we have to die to our expectations of perfection, and that is what I had to do! I love my kiddos so much and always only want what is best for them!


  1. haha, I think just about every mother to be says that. I'm sure i'll be saying something similar one day. Great that you admitted it. :)

    My 10 month old niece fell down a full flight of stairs, then while I was there (same day) started to fall down the front steps outside (while I'm sitting on them) and I caught her mid fall. Babies are crazy! haha
    Emily at Amazing Grapes

  2. gardenofsimple: ME TOO! i have so many great baby pictures, i really had to hold back not to post like a thousand!

    emily: motherhood is a crazy thing...and the time before your first baby comes when your pregnant...that is SERIOUS craziness, filled with sky high expectations on your baby and yourself!

  3. I'm confused, though. What changed for you? Why would you go from wanting to cloth diaper and breastfeed to all of a sudden not wanting to do those things? Did you decide they weren't worth it, or that disposables and formula and junk food are better?