Thursday, October 24, 2013

Things I have learned in the past month...

My little Mr. celebrated 1 month this week - time flies I tell you, time flies.

In the past month...well really in the first week of Owen's life I realized some lessons:

You actually don't have time to have a shower. When I heard this about new mothers I would always think Really?! You can't just put the baby in a bouncy chair outside the bathroom and shower? Well you can, but when they are really young they will be wailing before you even set them down and you can't let a one-week old "cry it out". Water savings here we come.

People say the first two weeks are the hardest. Yes, they are hard - you have no clue what is going on, but there's nothing magic about the 2-week mark. Week 3 and 4 (and probably many more to come) are just as hard! We are settling into our days, but what has helped me the most is the appreciation that a "schedule" is not attainable right now. For a Type A like me this was / is a really hard thing to adjust to - feeding and sleeping patterns change daily and you just have to role with the punches (thank god for Canada's long mat leaves).

Sleep when the baby sleeps - this is also advice countless people will give. I couldn't understand how you can sleep when the baby sleeps considering you have to shower, eat, and maybe talk to your partner at SOME point. This has gotten a bit easier in that I have realized that if I rest while the baby sleeps - even if he wants to be held - I can rest with him on my chest or in my arms and still get some rejuvination.


Even on the tough days the little one has more cuteness than you know what to do with. Frowns, tears, and wailing can be all be the cutest things you've ever seen...no wonder parents will do anything for their children...they suck you in from day one :) Countless minutes are spent staring at that little face - thinking of how the face will change, and how it will stay the same as the baby grows up. 

And my final lesson learned...a baby demonstrates the strength of your relationship - when your partner is there to give you a break after a tough day, when he makes dinners, cleans up, does the dishwasher, laundry, cleaning all without a comment you realize how good you have it, then you see him with the baby...melt.

I will be back at some point with nursery details and other fun stuff...until then, Happy Fall :)

7 comments:

A Polymer Penchant said...

Aww, sweet Heather. I would add that there is some fresh hell and some fresh wonderful all the time. The sign of a wonderful type A is accepting plan B, C,D and on and on

crabigail said...

I think my husband had the best way of describing those first weeks (months, even). As soon as you think you've figured it out, it changes, so every day is like starting from zero again. He is pure sweetness - enjoy all this time getting to know each other!

Kerry said...

So, so sweet!! :) Congrats on the one month mark. I so remember feeling ALL of those things when Halle first arrived as well. What a crazy, crazy time - sounds like you two are finding your way!

Tara Flynn said...

I love the pictures! He is adorable, Heather. I think you´ve hit the nail on the head with your post too. Everything is a phase - whether it lasts an hour, a day, a week or a year - it´s just a phase. Love the shower comments! Whenever I can take a shower without someone in the bathroom with me it´s amazing!! Tara

Linds said...

He's just a picture of perfection, gorgeous!

Anne-Marie @ 10 Rooms said...

aw, he is absolutely beautiful, congratulations! Yes, they suck you in, and there's no where else we'd rather be, right? Enjoy your snuggles, it all goes by so quickly...

Tiffany said...

Congratulations! I'm so happy for you. Babies are so precious.

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