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What I Learned With a Newborn

June 3, 2015

a newborn’s first day home from the hospital

(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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Lacey Pappas

Mother of 2 silly boys and a new baby girl. Happily married. Love to laugh, inspire others, take pretty photos, and curl up with a good book.

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Fred

i find your sharing so informative, i can tell it to my sister

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Lacey Pappas

Yes! All of those things! SO awe-inspiring. Thank you for your comment!

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Mary

I love the part regarding your bedroom not being yours anymore. I find bottles in the bed, under the bed, on the nightstand. I have yet to find a diaper pail that can actually conceal the unexpectedly rancid baby poop smell. I think one of the things I have learned, and even forgotten after a gap between my kids, is that newborns make a lot of scary sounds and faces. The rolling of eyes back into the head when they fall asleep and the strange and scary noises that my Dr. assures is completely normal because their nasal passages are very narrow and easily blocked with even a tiny boogie. Haha! They truly are amazing and beautiful and awe inspiring miracles.

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Lacey Pappas

Not at all! I am so glad you brought this up because this is SO true! We need to be mom, wife all at once, and sometimes we just want to be us. With no one demanding a thing from us!

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Annelise

The hardest part for me is never ever having my body to myself. If my newborn doesn’t need me then an older sibling needs some physical comfort. And if a miracle happens and none of my children need me, then my husband wants to cuddle. As awful as this sounds, sometimes I just want to not be touched. (Am I terrible??).

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Lacey Pappas

True! In the beginning they do tend to sleep a lot!

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Angela Silva

What surprised me the most with a newborn is how much they sleep! I expected having a newborn around to completely rock my world, but in reality I was really bored because she slept 18+ hours a day (I think? haha). I had a lot of time in between feedings and changings to myself, which was kind of difficult as I couldn’t exercise or work. I wished I would’ve stocked up on good books, but Netflix was also my saving grace 🙂