As the fifth of six kids and the last of my siblings to have a baby, I hated hearing the infamous, “When you have kids you’ll know what I mean.” What is it that I will know? I’m still learning and will never say this to my child-sans friends, but the fact is I have learned quite a bit in these last few weeks.
1. Joyful Joyful ~ After announcing my pregnancy I remember a gal at work saying. “Having kids was the best thing I have done.” I get it now. After marrying my love, I didn’t think I could be happier but something about becoming a mom brings a new joy ~ even when I’ve changed like 12 diapers a day.
2. I love my baby daddy ~ When I heard that my husband had never held a baby, I started to get a little worried. Am I going to be doing everything myself? Turns out I had nothing to worry about. He’s a natural. Right after birth, Sweets picked up Evan and soothed him. I fall in love with him all over again when I see him holding our baby. He even changes some of those 12 diapers a day.
3. Babies are squirmy ~ Especially when trying to get them dressed and diapers changed. Seriously, it took me forever to change the first few diapers. I’m quicker now and even can change a diaper in the dark. Although I did try to put one on backwards two nights ago. Don’t try this ~ it doesn’t work.
4. I’m getting so efficient ~ I am learning how to get things done a lot quicker. He is in the demanding ‘hold me all day’ stage. As soon as he is quiet and I can set him down. I rush to fill my water bottle, make a quick call to my parents and a fast trip to pee (yep, I know). Doing work for my clients and getting my homework done is a juggle. This is getting easier as he started taking more structured naps during the day. Bottom line: done is better than perfect.
5. I’m so inefficient – As I type this, my home is a little messy. There is a laundry basket of clothes that need to be put away, a pile that needs to be washed and a huge stack of mail on my counter. This would not fly before, but I am willing to let it go to be able to spend every moment with him while he is still in the ‘hold me all day’ stage. I will enjoy this because one day I will be dropping him off at school and he will be too embarrassed to kiss me goodbye.
Okay, enough typing for now…getting back to work.