In the past nine weeks, I feel like I've done an Ironman, taken 100 exams (& stayed up all night studying for them), and had my body used as a science experiment.  Being a new mom is the hardest thing I've ever done.  And as I've heard it described, "hardest and best" thing I've ever done.

Now that I feel like I'm finally getting back on my feet a bit, I thought I'd share a few things I've learned along this relatively short roller coaster ride:

1) Breastfeeding (sorry, I have to go here b/c it's the number one thing I've learned) is hard!  It's not "natural" or "intuitive" and is certainly not easy.  Well, maybe to some three lucky women out there it is, but not this one.  It takes work, and as I've learned, not doing it right can lead you to the doctor's office (and then a specialist & then a dermatologist) many times for many different meds.
2) Women don't talk about things like number 1.  (Why that is is something I don't know.)
3) I can get by on four hours of sleep.  Barely & bleery-eyed, but I can do it.  And a full stretch of four hours seems like a good night's sleep.
4) I've never felt love like this before.  It was said to me by many moms, and it is absolutely true.
5) When I get up in the middle of the night, I forget that I'm tired as soon as I see Griffin.
6) Kingsley isn't jealous of Griffin, she just wants as much attention now as she got before he was born.
7) I can do this.  (Took me a while to get here.)
8) Time flies.
9) Happy Mommy, happy baby.  And happy Daddy.  And happy dog.
10) I'm starting to see why people do this more than once.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

[photo of me & Griffin the day we left the hospital]


Linda & Harriett
December 03 2010

Liz-you-beautiful-mom,I just discovered your blog (sitting in lecture distracting myself, of course)! What a sweet, sweet post, and I absolutely love the photo of you and Griffin. Sending many congratulations and much love your way. We must catch up soon! xoxo

December 09 2010

I love number 7 – definitely know where you are coming from with that one!!

December 08 2010

What a great post, Liz! I'm positive you're a great mom already. You are always so sweet on your blog and even more in person so little G is one lucky boy :)

December 04 2010

Superb post, Liz. I'm so happy for you and your family.

December 12 2010

I just had my baby girl. You just put my frustrations and happiness into words. It really is the hardest, yet most wonderful thing I have ever experienced. Thank you.

December 10 2010

True that people don't talk about number one. But know your not alone. I got many infections with my first child from it and it was frustrating. It gets better and easier over time. And every child is different too. :)

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