March 21, 2010

BABY AAR

I know there are a few pregnant ladies who read this blog, so I thought I'd steal a few free minutes to write an AAR.

As I told one of these friends recently, having the baby is everything you imagined it would be...only moreso.  That's about the only way I can describe the situation.  Logically I knew everything that was going to happen, but until it really happened, I had never fully grokked it.

Labor hurts, more than you think it will.  Breastfeeding hurts and is hard, harder than you think you will be.  You will not be grossed out by your baby's poop, like you think you would be.  Your heart will completely stop when your baby chokes and stops breathing for a second, which is scarier than I ever imagined.  And you will be tired, WAY more than you think you will be.

It's just everything you knew it would be, only more.

Oh, and there's way more laundry too.

Posted by: Sarah at 10:58 AM | Comments (6) | Add Comment
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More love, too. I didn't know it was possible to love someone as much as I love my babies. There are no words strong enough. You know you're going to love them, but more.

 

Posted by: Amber at March 21, 2010 11:58 AM (karIz)

2 Surely there are positives, too?!  Please oh please oh please share the positives too!!!!  What am I getting myself into?!

Posted by: Courtney at March 21, 2010 02:49 PM (rwOt0)

3 The first 6 weeks for me were hard.  Beautiful, but hard.  I totally agree about the labor and breastfeeding and all of that.  And the love, as Amber said.  But aside from baby still being alive and seeming relatively content, it's hard sometimes to not have much in the way of positive reinforcement from the baby.  Most of the noises and faces newborns make are in the way of complaints or sleeping.  But at about 6 weeks - for my son, 6 weeks to the day - that beautiful little bundle of joy will smile for the first time, and your whole world will seem to be bathed in sunlight.  And then they will do it again, and again, and more often.

My son, at 6 months old now, gives me these looks like I am everything wonderful in the entire world and it just melts me every time.  There is nothing better than that feeling, I think.  It is A-MAZ-ING. 

Posted by: Leofwende at March 21, 2010 06:02 PM (28CBm)

4 I second what Amber said. The love... And the first smile... and when she laughs for the first time! Its the most beautiful sound you've ever heard!!!

Posted by: Jen D at March 22, 2010 12:13 AM (h8XAc)

5 I was absolutely amazed how much laundry a 7 lb baby could make. It is hard to fathom. But my kids are in their 20's and they still sometimes bring their laundry home, and it is STILL more than I can fathom. So maybe it's just a mystery.

Breastfeeding gets easier. Can't say the fatigue goes away that quickly though.
Hang in there. Post more pictures. Then you will get lots of comments about how adorable she is and that will be like a shot of adrenaline. (and we will love the pictures)

Posted by: Amy at March 22, 2010 10:02 AM (Cy1WK)

6 You want positives?  Try these:
First (non-gas) smile.
First roll-over.
First giggle.
First time they stop crying just because you picked them up.
First time the fall asleep on your shoulder.
First time they pull themselves up to stand.
First steps.
First time they use pull-ups.
Last time they use pull-ups.
First time they feed themselves.
First time they give YOU a kiss and hug.
First day of kindergarten.
First day of summer vacation.
First time their fever breaks.
First time they run naked through the house.
First lost tooth.
First tooth.
First haircut.
And every time they need something fixed, they bring it to you.

Eventually, they will try to do things for themselves, but until that time, YOU are their whole existence.  They depend on YOU for everything.  You never know just how able a person you are until you've provided for someone's every need and want. 

Posted by: Chuck at March 22, 2010 08:49 PM (bMH2g)

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