But I guess I thought that by having my girls only 19 months apart that I'd have the upper hand for awhile. I mean, just because they might not like playing the same sports when they are older I thought at least after figuring out how to change diapers, give bottles, and generally raise Raya that I'd be able to breeze through those things the second time around with Brielle. But man, I was wrong! And why? Because EVERY KID IS DIFFERENT.
Really, you start over with every kid for the most part. Anyone who doesn't have kids of their own basically knows nothing about raising kids. And anyone who *has* kids of their own basically knows nothing too :-P
What made me start thinking about all this? Well, probably the fact that my baby turns 1 year old on Wednesday! And thinking back over this last year and comparing it to my first year with Raya I'm realizing that everything has been so different. Good, but different. What they say is really true!
At 11 (almost 12) months Raya was a buttscooting pro. She however NEVER pulled to stand and had never in her life "cruised" along anything! She ate almost all foods, she switched to milk in a sippy without so much as a look back (perhaps because she drank her formula bottles cold and it wasn't much of a change?), she could say a few things (mama, dada, hi/bye I believe), she could wave and do "so big", she weighed 24 pounds....etc. etc. Now compare that to Brielle today at the same age. She's never buttscooted, she has been pulling up and cruising for months, she CLIMBS like a little monkey, she started eating baby food months later than Raya and is still "behind" as far as the array of foods she will self feed, she is fighting me on switching to milk and she likes her bottles warm, she is a generally more "happy" baby than Raya and very social, but she doesn't really say any words, she weighs 21 pounds, etc. etc. My methods of changing diapers (seriously, are all babies this crazy and wiggly during diaper changes at this age?!) that worked for Raya don't work for Brielle and vice versa. The bedtime routine that worked for Raya as a baby isn't the same that works for Brielle. I could go on and on.
But you want to know the thing that has been consistently THE SAME for both of my girls? The horrors of monthly photoshoots past about 6 months old. I just don't understand how other people do it LOL. Sure, Brielle turns 12 months old in two days and just today I finally got around to her 11 month photoshoot--but I got it done and frankly I haven't been too motivated to tackle this project considering how impossible these pictures are to take!!! :-P
Brielle, 11 months old
And if you want to see my post from when Raya turned 11 months old you can check it out here ....they were equally impossible to photograph :-P
|Sock monkey was on the floor very early on|
And speakinng of every kid being different, as we move on to year 2 with Miss Brielle part of me holds on to the *hope* that it continues to be true that every kid is different...because let's face it, I can perhaps only handle ONE child as Diva-ish as Miss Raya!!!
Here she was today, after having thrown a giant tantrum about wanting her picture taken as well haha
And because I can, a couple more pictures from our relaxing, cooperative, and super fun photoshoot
It'll be "fun" in the future to see how much I don't know about raising baby #3 haha. The good news? Every kid is different, but each of mine are equally adorable and perfect!
Lastly, today's way to enter my giveaway is to visit my Etsy Shop and then come back here and comment telling me what you would buy if you win $25 to my store :-) Earn one additional entry for doing this!
Hope everyone has a great Monday!