As I write this, we are finally past the newborn period, which generally is the first 3 months of little baby’s life. Tator Tot is currently 4 1/2 months old.
We done did it. We made it, baby.
But there are other tell-tale signs that we’ve made it through the newborn period into infant-hood.
1. Your online shopping suddenly decreases.
It’s amazing how much online shopping you do when you’ve essentially become a hermit and have watched all of Netflix. For those first 3 months, Amazon and Sephora become like old friends that you really enjoy the company of, and who bring you comfort in the wee hours of your sleep-deprived morning, or late, late at night when there’s LITERALLY nothing to do other than comfort your baby.
2. You wear makeup again.
It takes you a minute to figure out how to use a beauty blender again, let’s be real. And you might start off being a little heavy-handed with the concealer (gotta cover those bags somehow…). But in all honesty, you haven’t quite graduated to contouring yet. That might need to wait a few more months.
3. You finally put on some pants.
Basically you are at the point where you are changing out of your pjs a lot more regularly than you were. Even if that means yoga pants. They’re pants. It’s a step up.
4. You drink warm beverages again.
This one made a HUGE difference in my day-to-day sanity. Instead of microwaving a single cup of coffee half a dozen times before giving it up as a lost cause, every now and again I’m actually drinking at least half the cup while it’s still warm…and before I have to reheat it. Again.
Notice I said warm beverages, not hot. Hot requires a little more time.
5. You eat sitting down.
Most of my meals (if you can call them that) in the first 3 months consisted of hastily devoured cereal over the kitchen sink, toast in one hand while comforting baby with the other, or eating sleeves of Oreos while crying in the pantry at 4 in the morning.
This past week I’ve actually sat down three times to eat a meal at the table. And by “meal” I mean pasta (once it was KD), and by “at the table” I mean in one place. I still had to inhale it, but I ate it.
6. The baby starts to fall into a semi-predictable pattern of naps and feeds.
So yes, there is an end to the insanity, a light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.
And then your baby goes through a growth or developmental spurt and it all goes out the window again. All of it.
Make sure your pjs are close at hand. You’re gonna need ’em.