This past month has honestly flown by, I feel like there has been so much going on that I haven’t had a chance to evaluate how I’m feeling about my baby girl turning 9 months old! I feel like 9 months is such a big age because it falls into the next bracket of clothing 9-12 months…which means she’s almost 1 year!! I’m always getting ahead of myself, but I do get butterflies in my tummy when I think of my baby girl turning 1 in 3 months time. I’m trying to remind myself that all the changes and developments are positive milestones, but I can’t help but I feel a little bit teary over the thought of no longer being able to swaddle her in my arms. It has been amazing though, to be able to see how much she has grown into her character, she is now very much her own little person-telling us exactly what she wants and when she wants it! (In baby talk of course!)
My boyfriend had 2 weeks off work for the Easter holidays so it has been lovely to spend some time together as a family. We went to the Billy Bates fair, which was fun! There wasn’t that much that we could actually do, but we still had fun walking around, and showing my daughter the lights and colours, which she loved. The weather was perfect on the day that we went; which was a miracle considering how miserable it has been recently. I took full advantage by making use of the lighting for pictures!
This month was also the end of my maternity leave, and I am now back at work in the evenings and Saturdays. If you read last months update you’ll know that I was panicking a little about returning to my job after such a long break and having to be away from my baby girl. I can confirm however that I survived the first week, and it isn’t actually as bad as I thought it would be. In fact, I quite enjoy having a change of scene, and a bit of time to just be ‘Maya’. Spending all my time with my baby means that everything is centred around her, which is absolutely the way I think it should be. However going back to work and being around people my age, was a reminder that I shouldn’t lose sight of my individuality as a person as well as a Mother. I feel so fortunate that I am able to have such a perfect balance, that I can spend all day with her and then leave her with my boyfriend in the evenings, who I know she will be having fun with.
Most of our days are spent playing, which I love doing with her because she is so much more interactive now and responsive to the things that I do. Before I would play peak-a-boo and she would look at me as if to say’ what the hell are you doing Mum?’ but now she actually laughs! Her positive energy is so infectious, and even though we’ve been through it with the teething these past few weeks, she still continues to smile and give me lots of love and cuddles. The one question everyone keeps asking is… ‘Can she crawl yet?’ The answer to that is still almost! She is so so close, but her movement is still limited to moving backwards and not forwards at the moment. I’m not complaining though because I know that is when the real hard work will begin!