What I Learned With a Newborn
June 3, 2015
(My newborn on her first day home.)
Awe, the bliss of coming home with a newborn baby. No more hospital smell. No more being interrupted every 15 minutes to get a blood pressure reading or to take the baby back to the nursery for a check-up. YOU’RE FINALLY HOME! You can sleep in your own bed! But, wait, what is sleep with a newborn? Here are 10 other things I learned with a newborn:
1. Being Tired is All Consuming
When you’re tired, everything is harder, EVERYTHING. If you start crying in the middle of the night because you cannot snap up your baby’s pajamas because WHERE IS THAT OTHER SNAP?! You are not alone. You are tired! If the peanut butter container is just too hard to open, and you start to cry because you JUST WANT TO MAKE A SANDWICH, don’t feel bad. You are tired!
2. Newborn’s Poop is Crazy
For being so teeny, a newborn’s poop is ridiculously powerful. That poop can go up their back. Up their front. Out the sides of their diaper. And, it is surprisingly LOUD.
3. Netflix Will Feel Like a Friend
Those late-night feeding sessions can feel particularly lonely. Once you find a show to watch during those late nights, it will make it all the more easier. Thank heavens for Tammy Taylor and Lorelei Gilmore.
4. Chocolate Is Comforting
For those particularly long days, chocolate just has a way of making things a little better. I am referring to chocolate in any form too. Those chocolate chips intended for baking purposes? Those will do just fine!
5. Your Older Kids Will Survive
Your older kids can survive on peanut-butter and jelly sandwiches. Everyday. For weeks. And, if PBS Kids is the only form of entertainment, they will survive that too (and maybe even learn a thing or two from a talking monkey and a talking train).
6. No Expectations
You heard about your neighbor’s baby sleeping through the night at 4 weeks? Or, that your cousin’s baby never cried? Just know that every baby is so different. Throw any expectations that you have out the window. Every day will be a new adventure. Don’t put any unnecessary pressure on yourself or the baby.
7. Your Bedroom is No Longer Your Own
Welcome diapers, wipes, burp clothes, baby clothes, baby bassinet, dirty diapers, breast pump into your bedroom. They will be there to stay for some time. Get used to it!
8. Newborns are So, SO Sleepy
Newborns are amazingly sleepy. Especially when it is time to eat. No undressing, tickling the feet, softly blowing on their heads will keep them awake through an entire feeding. (And you wonder why they are up all night!)
9. Parenting Guides Feel Like a Joke
All those parenting guides you studied, highlighted, and kept on your bedside table? Yeah, they’ll seem like a cruel joke. Baby will do what baby wants to do, and you will be there to nurture them. You and your baby will figure things out together.
10. Newborns are Amazing
Looking into a newborns’ eyes. Letting baby hold your finger. Smelling baby’s newness. Cuddling them into your chest. There is nothing more amazing. Nothing.
Like I said, I learned A LOT during those first six weeks with a newborn. But, what I remember most? They grow up way too fast.
What did you learn during those first six weeks?
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