Reflections with pie charts, phase 2.
Time to sum up the amazing experience of parenthood with PIE CHARTS again. You may recall that before Bun Bun was born we predicted which aspects of life with baby would be hard. We compared our predictions to our actual findings at six months, and hey, we weren’t too far off. We also did predictions for the next six months.
So. We thought that the big issues would be the fact that she could move around a ton more (everyone said it would be hard having to chase her), teething, and me having to go back to work. This was when I was still weeping at the thought of leaving my child, and also before we decided to hire a nanny and I was still visualizing what it would be like to drop her off at a yet-to-be determined daycare. And here are the actual results.
We weren’t totally wrong. I think if we’d done daycare the prediction would have been more accurate. Having someone come to us is a luxury on many fronts–for example, it means there’s far less rushing around in the mornings and evenings. As it is, it was painful at first, and then totally fine. So that left some space to be taken up by increased mobility (It IS hard, because it means less sitting on my ass, and more leaping up to snatch a baby from the jaws of death. But of course, it’s lovely, too, seeing her crawl and toddle…) and teething (The only really rough patch we’ve had since sleep training was the month in which her two little toothlets ever so slowly emerged. Good thing babies only have two teeth, so no more of THAT to worry about.)
Why am I sharing this fascinating information with you? I have no notion why. Really, it’s for my own future rumination, I suppose. The only way it could be of use to anyone is if she had exactly the same baby, and if that’s the case, how come I’m having to do all the childcare? Where the hell are YOU? And could you do a load of diapers, like, EVER?