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  1. Sharon Tjaden-Glass
    November 16 @ 4:50 am

    Bending book covers backwards! Drove me crazy, but not as crazy as chewing all sides of the book. Her teething was very rapid–she was cutting molars at 11 months. I noticed around 10 months that she was chewing on the sides of her crib. She’d stand up, open her mouth and just sink her teeth into the wood. Even though I tried to get her out the crib as soon as she woke up, she managed to chew up and down the sides of the crib for three months. This earned her the temporary nickname of “Chewbacca.”

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 16 @ 5:24 am

      Oh my word! That is hilarious! I love the way they narrow their eyes and sink their teeth into whatever they can find, although if I’m honest, it’s pretty terrifying.

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      • Sharon Tjaden-Glass
        November 16 @ 8:04 am

        Terrifying. Yes. This happened when my husband’s family came over and one of his nephews (8 years old), offered his iPad to my daughter (she was about 10 months at the time). I turned around just in time to see her lowering her teeth onto the edge of the iPad–I got to her just as she was about to take a chomp. It was a great save.

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  2. Sky Renee Erickson
    November 16 @ 5:59 am

    Before motherhood, I never quite understood the saying, “Did your parents drop you on your head when you were a child?” Who would do that to their child? How does that even happen? Between rolling or bouncing off the bed and failed climbing adventures, I shamefully admit all my children have been “dropped on their head” before reaching their first birthdays.. a lot more than once.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 16 @ 6:02 am

      Oh, that’s right! Here’s #22: he definitely fell off the bed and landed on his face at 4 months old, and 5 months old, and 7 months old… Haha! Thanks for being there for me the first time when I called you crying! Too bad our kids will never get into Harvard.

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  3. ncmommymoment
    November 17 @ 7:33 am

    Love #12, haha!

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 17 @ 8:03 am

      Haha! Check out the new bonus feature- #22 was just added!

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  4. ncmommymoment
    November 17 @ 8:19 am

    Haha, yup, mine crawled out of the crib *after* we had discussed we should lower the mattress but didn’t, whoops!!! Hmmm…my confession would be that I developed a near-perfect imitation of Elmo’s voice so that I could sing to him whenever I forgot the iPad full of Elmo songs!

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 22 @ 8:12 pm

      We’ve been talking about lowering the crib (again) for weeks! Here’s to a soft landing 😉

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  5. Julie
    November 17 @ 9:46 am

    Oh, love, where do I start?? I can second most of what you said, except for the part about watching his hair grow haha! How about, I rationalized that if cereal and yogurt were good enough for breakfast, they were good enough for dinner too… I have left a baby strapped into his car seat in the garage, because he had a sixth sense about when we walked into the house and would wake up the second he breathed indoor air. I have debated with myself if it was more important for me to have some caffeine, or for him not to. I cried when he was a week old and we had to give him a bottle, then secretly cheered when he wouldn’t take it.
    Give me time and I could go on and on…

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 17 @ 2:42 pm

      Real story- a phlebotomist drawing blood while I was pregnant warned me that if I continue to drink caffeine, my child will go through withdrawals when he’s born. Without hesitation, I said well, it’s not like I am going to stop drinking it; won’t he get it through my breast milk? And if I am totally honest, I’ve probably googled, “effects of caffeine in nursing infant” with “1 month old,” “2 month old,” and so on, although it definitely never changed my habits. And I totally feel you on the garage thing. Bam does the same thing!

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  6. Karen G
    November 20 @ 3:41 pm

    I laid him on his tummy from time to time when I absolutely couldn’t get him to sleep any other way and I was exhausted. I fell asleep praying he would be ok. He is almost 20 so I guess he made it. 🙂

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 20 @ 3:42 pm

      How sweet! That is a confession of love right there! It just gets easier, right!? 😉

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  7. Mumma Hack
    November 20 @ 5:13 pm

    Love this. So true 🙂 I ate enough cake to feed a small village – especially in those first few months of breastfeeding.

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 22 @ 8:13 pm

      Haha! It’s crazy how hungry you are at first. I used to eat granola bars as I was half asleep after those midnight feedings.

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  8. Kwame
    November 20 @ 5:39 pm

    This is a beautiful post. I loved staring my daughter while she slept. I was always awestruck by her. I couldn’t believe I made something so beautiful.

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  9. Clarissa
    November 21 @ 10:30 am

    This is a great post and oh so very true. Those first time mommy moments can be so crazy, loving and many more emotions in between. You find yourself doing all kinds of crazy things that you thought you would never have to do.

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  10. Tamuria
    November 21 @ 12:01 pm

    I’m a grandmother now but I can still remember and relate. I’m glad he’s sleeping through now – that must have been so hard. (I was lucky with good sleepers but two of my grand daughters never fail to wake at least once during sleepovers). I love no 10 and remember doing that. Fun post. 🙂

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    • Jessica Manuel
      November 22 @ 8:18 pm

      The lost sleep over the past year was definitely surprising. No one can prepare you for that. I’d do it again in a heart beat, though. Congrats on your “grand” promotion! I hear that job is a lot of fun 😉

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      • Tamuria
        November 22 @ 10:04 pm

        Yes Jessica it is a wonderful job.?

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  11. Kristin
    November 23 @ 11:06 am

    Hahahaha These are awesome! For my little mans first three months we ate fast food at 9pm at night almost every night because a car ride was the only way to settle him down.

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  12. Shekhar Ruparelia
    November 24 @ 3:16 am

    Congratulations on being an awesome Mom!

    And Birthday wishes to the little fellow all the way from India. 🙂

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  13. D. Wallace Peach
    November 29 @ 7:29 pm

    An awesome list for surviving the first year!

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  14. Elizabeth Edgar
    January 15 @ 5:15 am

    This is hilarious! You survived! Go, Mama! I often see my daughter as a tiny drunk person and it is funny!

    http://mommygonetropical.com

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