Things You Forget

It is no joke when they say you forget what it is like to have a newborn. Even though James has not even hit 2 yet, there are still things I had forgotten about the joys and challenges of having a newborn. Here are some things I had forgotten:

-There is nothing better than snuggling a newborn. They smell so great and mold to your body perfectly.

-A week or two of getting up every few hours does not seem too bad. It is once you hit three or four weeks that the exhaustion really sets in.

-You are silly if you try to do anything other than nap while the baby is napping. It is so easy to want to get things done, run to the store, check things off the to do list, but the reality is you will be up in the night so you need to rest when you can. I have been much better about this, this time than I was with James.

-Once a newborn goes from waking every 1-2 hours at night to 3-4 hour stretches you feel like you can function much more normally. Sleep is sacred.

-Breastfeeding is difficult but worth it. I am so thankful this is my second go around. It was so hard for me with James but with Charles it has been smooth sailing. I have a friend who just had her first baby and she is struggling so much with this. It is so important to know as a new mommy that you are not the only one that this has been hard for and that it will get better,

-Mommy friends are so helpful! Knowing other moms that are in a similar time of parenting as you is so very helpful. To keep you sane, ask lots of questions, be a shoulder to cry on when things get hard, enjoy the sweet moments and encourage each other.

-Baby boys can pee out the side of a diaper without getting any pee on the diaper and soak their clothes and blankets. It is impressive and annoying at the same time as you have to change them again.

-Although the newborn needs attention, you are healing too. You did just pop a baby out! Take it easy. You will feel better each week. Allow others to help if they offer. No need to conquer the world right now.

-Having your newborn look into your eyes makes your heart melt in ways you didn’t know your heart could melt.

-The whole process of pregnancy, birth and caring for a newborn is crazy, unbelievable, amazing and a blessing all at once. Enjoy it all because it goes by oh so fast.

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