We have made it a point to celebrate Christmas Day the whole day at our house instead of traveling all over. We see family the days leading up to Christmas that way we can make that morning and day something to remember.
My husband and I met after high school but surprisingly went to the same high school. He is military and I am a Nurse, currently a stay at home mom. We have two sweet girls 2 years old and 8 months old. It's so busy, but I would never change it. Excited to see what the future holds.
Together we make a family
This will pass. Whenever you feel overwhelmed just remind yourself it will pass. That temper tantrum will pass, the crying phase will pass, the sleepless night will pass. But in the same breath so does snuggles, endless books being read, and pick me ups. So take it all in.
Everyone has an opinion. I've always known this but it becomes even more apparent when you have children. Suddenly everyone becomes experts on "your" baby. I saw a quote once that said, "God gave you this baby, not your mom, not your mother in law, not your friend. YOU". It's so true. You can listen to advice, or not, but always do what you think is best for YOUR baby and YOUR family, you know best!
Oh gosh, this is almost embarrassing to admit. When our first born was about 8-9 months she constantly woke up at night still for nothing other than a pacifier. One night around 1am I thought I'm going to just let her cry for a minute to see if she can find it herself (thinking this is ridiculous to do every couple hours).
Well since she was crying and my husband and I were awake watching the monitor I turned the sound off. We fell asleep almost immediately, never heard another sound until we woke up at 6am in a panic only to find our daughter was still asleep.
After that night she's been a full night sleeper without a peep. Whenever new moms ask me about sleep training I laugh and am haunted by our sheer exhaustion that led us to an incredible sleeper. Now here we are with our current 9 month old feeling like first time parents trying to figure out how to sleep train since we didn't the first (technically) haha. Every baby is oh so different.