I used to be able to answer the question, “How old is your baby?” with such precision. It seemed… irresponsible? Wrong? Misleading of me to not chime back with the most accurate response possible.
There is SUCH a difference between a 5 month old and a 6 month old, you know? I mean, even mere days in an infant’s life make such a difference.
Except, nobody cares. Nobody cares how many WEEKS and DAYS your 5.5 month old is. But trust, I get it. You’re in that mindset because it’s all about their weekly milestones and the precision is important to you. Or… well, it was to me.
The first time.
The second time, I stopped checking what her weekly milestones were. I read up on what to expect each month when I got around to it. I mostly knew how long it would be until the next month hit.
This time, seriously y’all, I have a hard time remembering the 3rd baby’s birthday. Someone asked the other day, “Is Lowell really already 5 months old?” And I’m sure it was just a sweet thing to say and meaning, like, “Wow! Time has gone so fast. I can’t believe he’s 5 months!”
Except it made me pause and re-do the math. I counted from the end of August through the middle of January. Then I felt super embarrassed because here I had just posted on Instagram that he was 5 months old, but he was only 4 months old!
And then I remembered he was born at the end of July, not the end of August. So… yay?
Ugh. My poor brain.