Sometimes you think the rough patches are getting better...and then your baby decides not to go to sleep until midnight, even though you first started trying to put him down around 9pm. Two nights in a row.
It's really easy to spend those rough days wishing for this period to speed by, to rush this time and just "hurry up and hold up your head/eat real food/tell me what you want!!!" But the other day, while I was on the phone with my mom (with Baby J crying in the background), my mother told me "just take it one day at a time." Because really, that's all you can do. You can't rush the rough patches. And when you think about it, would you want to? Look at that amazing miracle in your lap. Even when he's crying, just in the last 8 weeks, his crying has evolved. He has learned to babble, so that his fussing and sobs mimic the rhythm of words--a skill he learned from YOU. Every day, he's more and more alert, taking in everything around him. Every day, you get more smiles--again, something he learned from you. He gets slightly bigger every day--one day he no longer fits in that newborn outfit, or he stretches all the way across your lap in the glider, barely fits on the Boppy, can't lay facing you on your lap without his legs curled up on your chest. His tiny legs and feet now barely fit inside that newborn SleepSack that could almost wrap around him twice 8 weeks ago.
And even though the days feel long and the night's feel like they won't end--they will. This will pass. You will not be changing diapers or getting up for midnight feedings & fussings in just a few years. You will only be nursing for a short period of his life. The days feel long--but think back on your life, to the last major event. Where did those 9 months of pregnancy go? It doesn't feel like I've been married to my husband for 4.5 years, but I have. It feels like I only moved away from Louisiana last year, but it was 6 years ago. This too shall pass as quickly, and time will compress, and tomorrow you'll be sitting in line at the school drop-off, wondering how your tiny human grew up so fast.
At least...that's what I'm hoping. :)