So I am over a week into this whole parenting thing. I'm not going to lie... parts have been freakin' awesome and other parts have made me want to cry. Its not easy and to say I am tired is an understatement. As I nurse at 3am I constantly wonder why man has evolved so much yet we produce babies that are nocturnal with an every two hour feeding need.
But everyday it gets a little better.
And when certain things aren't better I tell myself that they will be a little better tomorrow.
And you know what? They are.
Everyday Emily is a little more awake and alert. She recognizes both mine and Shawn's voice when we speak to her. I love being able to stop a cry instantly by picking her up and holding her close. And when it comes to crying I actually know what her different cries mean. I'm relishing the time where she's a little bag of potatoes and I can just tote her little butt around in one arm, but looking forward to when she starts to really develop a personality.
So, what have I learned in my brief stint of motherhood so far?
- Above all... sleep when the baby sleeps
- Breastfeeding does not come naturally and can result in a lot of pain whilst you figure it out. ...which doesn't make sense considering we are built to do it.
- People look annoyed when you ask them to wash their hands before touching your baby
- What everyone says about the smell of a newborn is so true. Its amazing.
- Poop gets everywhere. And I mean everywhere.
- My husband holding Emily makes me feel more in love than ever. ..despite his insistence to not stare at him while he does it.
- I hate the telephone and have zero desire to talk to anyone on the phone. I cannot multi-task phone calls and caring for the baby yet.
- Leaving the house is a long process.
- Laundry. Enough said.
- Its still more than worth it!