I loved conference! It was our first conference with Jacob and it was certainly different than any of our previous conferences. Saturday Randy had to work of course, so it was just Jacob and me. For the first session he was ready for a nap by around 10:30am, so I missed a few minutes of it, but was able to watch most of it. Sometime during the 2 hour break between the Saturday sessions, Jacob had some real potatoes and carrots for the first time! He was so funny, he started making faces as soon as I started taking pictures! He liked eating off the table instead of the bowl. Whatever works! I wasn't able to watch any of the sessions from start to finish without having to feed, change or put Jacob to nap, but I guess that's what you get when you have a baby.
I was mostly impressed by the talk given by Elder Ballard. It was totally about young mothers and provided answers to important questions. The answers were simple yet profound. My favorite quote from it was "...the joy of motherhood comes in moments..." It's so true! I think when I first became a mother I was expecting every moment to be joyful and happy...and I quickly learned that is not the case! And I have come to the realization that it's ok. It's ok if you have a rough day, it's ok if you have a rough month! The most important thing I have learned so far is to love unconditionally. When Jacob was younger and he wasn't sleeping more than 2 hour blocks at night, I would hear him cry, and the last thing I wanted to do is wake up from my sleep...I was tired and worn out. But one look at his little face, and any frustrations seemed to leave me...what a little angel! How lucky I am to be able to be such a big part of his life right now, and such a big influence for his future. I also liked when Elder Ballard suggested to the children, "...most of all, you can put your arms around your mother often, and tell her you love her..." I really look forward to that day! I can barely imagine it, but it made me cry to just think of it.
Here's a link to his talk if you'd like to hear it again: