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]