I've never really liked roller coasters. I actually kind of hate them. But motherhood is one roller coaster that I would gladly ride all day long, everyday for the rest of my life.
For us, the newborn stage was pretty easy. Except for being flat out exhausted and physically uncomfortable from delivery, of course. But we took it pretty easy, lounging on the couch most of the day for the first couple of weeks, watching Netflix, nursing, and recovering from waking up every two hours the night before. And I actually remember saying, "I expected her to cry more."
I had to laugh at myself when we reached the 1-2 month stage (although it wasn't actually funny). That was a tough one for us. We started dreading dinner time every. single. night. No matter what time we started eating dinner, the second I picked up a fork the fussiness would start, and wouldn't stop until she finally went to sleep for the night. I would rush to bed as early as I could just to get some rest, and I felt like I never saw Riley at all.
The roller coaster reached a high point again at the 3 month mark. It's been so much fun to watch Della take in the world, react to us with smiles, learn how to make new sounds, use her little fingers and find her own toes. She started giving us a 6 or 7 hour stretch of nighttime sleep every once in a while, but for the most part waking up just twice a night.
At 4 months on the dot, we started waking up 3 or 4 times a night again, and man, is it ever hard to go backwards. This week has been a long one, but hopefully it's not indicative of the 4 month stage as a whole. And honestly, when she gives one of those heart melting smiles, it's easy enough to forgive anything. The highs are always so much more wonderful than the lows are terrible. She loves going places and being with people, bath time, diaper changes, and blowing bubbles. She dislikes stoplights or being still in one place for too long. She's perfectly plump in all the right places and is already wearing size 6 month clothes. She has no interest in rolling over yet, but loves using her legs to scoot herself around in a circle and practice standing, and is almost able to sit up by herself. She makes the cutest noises and may very well be a talker like her Daddy.
I always thought that "they grow up so fast" was just a thing that people said, but no, they actually do just grow and change so quickly! Being able to witness it is one of my absolute favorite things in life. Happy 4 months Della June!