Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Lessons from the first three weeks of life

Here are a few things I have learned the second time around with a newborn baby:
  • I am a monster without enough sleep. Just ask my almost-three-year-old.
  • Don't listen to what "they" say you should do with a newborn. Just do what feels right. And no, you can't spoil a newborn.
  • As my wise sister-in-law says, "Your only job is to feed the baby and keep him happy." That's it. Nothing else is as important. So if that's all that gets done in the day, you've done your job.
  • A comfy chair is a must. You will spend 75% of the day (and 90% of the night) sitting in that chair. Or on the couch.
  • Baby swings were sent from God. To save a mother's sanity.
  • Snuggling with Noah is my reward for nursing every 2 hours. I love it when he snuggles up on my chest when he's supposed to be burping, but falls asleep instead.
  • I can do a lot with just one hand (and a baby in the other arm). Pitch a wiffle ball to Davis. Set the table. Read a book. Work three remotes to switch from TV to DVD. I'm really good at that last one. Even in the dark in the middle of the night. Not so good at eating. I've already dropped food on several shirts. Including dropping a chocolate bar I was eating onto my chest, where it hit with such force as to leave several chocolate spots ingrained on the shirt. I don't know how it happened. It's like the chocolate bar (which I got from church on Mother's Day - it was delicious) just jumped out of my hands.
  • I hate changing Noah's diapers. I hate the yellow poo. I hate the wiggly legs. I love the boy, but man, can he move.
  • I have never seen so much pee spray so far in the air, coming from someone so small. Get the new diaper on fast!
  • You really can love the second one just as much as the first one!


MamaTina said...

It sounds like a wonderful time of learning! Enjoy your time.

Melissa said...

This makes me laugh! I can relate and agree with everything on here. Love it!