Last week, I shared a few words of wisdom about parenting a baby. I mentioned that the “fourth trimester” (the three months after the baby is born) was harder for me than the whole pregnancy.
That being said, there are some truly awesome parts about being the parent of a newborn. Besides the obvious, of course. You know, having the baby.
Keep this as a cheat sheet… glance at it when you are sleep-deprived and need a reminder of the good stuff.
1. Newborns are more chill than older babies. When Sean and I were in our hospital “discharge class”, the one where they hand you some pamphlets and wish you luck, the nurse mentioned that they call the first few days after childbirth the “Buy Me” stage. Basically, the child just sleeps and acts really mellow, so the parents think, “This is easy!” Then the family goes home, and it becomes a totally different story.
My daughter, bless her heart, completely skipped the “Buy Me” stage. Nonetheless, she was a sweet newborn and there really is nothing like meeting your child for the first time.
Hearing an infant cry (especially your own) is never fun, but that cry gets way louder as they get older. Appreciate the volume now, and feel good about the fact that their tears are usually solved by something simple.
2. Teeny-weeny diapers and outfits. Everything looks cuter miniaturized.
3. Peach fuzz. My daughter was born with very little hair, but all babies have peach fuzz. Enjoy it… and their baby smell.
4. How they recognize your voice. They can barely see, have no idea where they are or what’s going on, but they stop dead in their tracks when they hear your voice. So sweet. It’s especially nice when they recognize Daddy’s voice. Kind of like acknowledging that he’s been around too.
5. Being able to move again. Aside from any post-partum healing, especially with a c-section, it is such a nice feeling to be able to move around that first month.
6. Hospital alone time. Ok, so it’s not the most relaxing stay-cation you can imagine, but it is a couple of days with no cleaning and no cooking. A friend of mine posted via fb that she was enjoying the room service and massages. Yes, massages. And no, I didn’t have one at my hospital. But if you’re having a good time at the hospital, more power to you!
7. No weight loss expectations…. yet. Unless you’re a celebrity, you’ve got some time before anyone expects you to work on the pregnancy weight. Wear your maternity clothes, and enjoy how loose they feel!
Anything I missed? Remind me of it quick, before I have another:)