It’s been almost one year since we started our Petite Lemon in Real Life series and boy, do they make us happy! There’s nothing greater for us than to see the personalized baby gifts we’ve created being used to mark milestones in a little one’s life. But we must admit this one makes us especially verklempt as it’s from Jenny, our newest Petite Lemon family member who recently became a mama for the very first time.
Jenny fills us in here on new motherhood:
Our family experienced the best New Year’s Day on record. This little guy joined the party just in time to ring in 2015. I can’t begin to describe the joy we felt as we held Max for the first time. It was truly a miracle that we waited a long time for. We couldn’t believe he was really ours.
He is now almost two months old and he is changing every single day. Sometimes he’ll wake up in the morning and he looks different. It’s crazy how that works, but everyone keeps telling me they grow up so fast and I believe it.
What are some of the changes you’ve noticed in his personality since he was born?
Max is a lot more alert now than when he was born. He’s starting to make new noises and discover he has a little voice. Sometimes we are surprised what little noises come from him. He is also smiling a lot more, which makes a new mom proud.
How about you? What changes have you noticed in yourself?
I’m doing well. Motherhood came with a lot of adjusting that I didn’t quite anticipate. I’m a planner so I read all the books and did everything I could to make life easier after Max came home. I soon realized that Max hadn’t read the same books, so adjusting to a new normal has been key. My personality has always been go, go, go with deadlines and projects to accomplish. Motherhood is a completely different type of go, go, go. It was hard for me to let go of strict schedules and long to-do lists each day, but I’ve learned that being a mom is rewarding in different ways. The first time he slept five hours straight, or smiled, or when he cuddles close to me in my arms is a reward that keeps me going.
Has anything been easier than you thought it would be?
I have always been one that needs sleep. I was nervous to become a mom because everyone told me that sleep would be a thing of the past. Although this is mostly true, I have been surprised how much I can do with little sleep. And, when it gets too hard a ten minute nap here and there works wonders. It’s been so long since I had eight continuous hours of sleep, I probably wouldn’t’ know what to do with myself.
You had an adorable Mustache themed baby shower we shared with readers here. What are a few of your favorite gifts you received at your shower?
I loved all the fun gifts that I received from my baby showers, but there are a few items I couldn’t live without. I absolutely love the swaddling blankets that I received. Max loves to be wrapped tight when he sleeps, so these blankets have been a lifesaver. I also loved receiving a Moby wrap. When Max wants to be close to me, but I need both hands, I put him in the Moby wrap and he almost always falls asleep. Since Max was born in the winter, I loved receiving little onesies with mitts that covered his hands. He wore those for the first month straight. Not only did they keep him warm, but they kept him from scratching his tiny face. My favorite baby shower gift for myself was chocolate, because I think every day deserves a little treat to help you make it through!
Sum up your new experience into motherhood in one word:
Adventurous! (and the adventure continues every single day)
(Caption: Here’s the sweet boy himself, dressed in one of our personalized onesies of course!)
Thanks for sharing Jenny and welcome to motherhood!
If your little one has our personalized growth charts, big sister shirts, big brother shirts, 1st birthday shirts, etc., we’d love to hear from you! Please email us at buzz (at) petitelemon (dot) com and let us know which of our personalized baby gifts your kiddo has and they may be featured in an upcoming Petite Lemon In Real Life post.