Friday, February 26, 2010

getting the hang of it

I suppose being a mom comes naturally to some women. Others pretend that it does. I suppose I fall into the latter category, because to be quite honest, Motherhood hit me like a ton of bricks. After Charlie was born, it felt like my life stopped for about two weeks. I loved our new little guy from the top of his fuzzy head to the tips of his squishy little toes... but getting into the flow of "mommy-life" was a challenge, to say the least. I had to deal with a whole new set of challenges, like "How do I shower when it's just me and him alone in the house?" or "Um, remind me how you're supposed to clean a belly button again?" {Also, what about finding time for my photography? What am I supposed to blog about now? This is all exciting stuff for a new mom, but really, does the internet truly want to know how you're not supposed to cut an infant's fingernails until three or four weeks after birth... and how someone forgot to tell me that rule?}

However, ahem, I'm slowly {read: s-l-o-w-l-y} getting the hang of things. Mr. Charlie is turning out to be quite the peach of a baby {he's currently snoring in my sister's arms. um, is there anything better than a snoring baby?}, and even though our lives are turned upside down by this little life... we're learning that right about now, this upside-down world is looking pretty good :)

By the way, I always told myself that I wouldn't be one of those moms. You know--the mom who posts a million pictures of her baby all over her blog, as if anyone wants to see hundreds of variations of the same baby's facial expressions...

Yep. I'm one of those.

Fear not. I'll keep my baby blogs to a minimum, since they basically represent the maniacal impulse that every mom feels... to show you that my. baby. is. the. cutest. thing. ever. born. EVER.

Normal blogging to resume shortly ;)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

baby Charlie

Our little Charlie was born in the wee hours of the morning on Monday, February 1st. He made his appearance after only five hours of labor {a pretty sweet deal for this first-time momma!}, and weighed in at just under nine pounds. We really, really love him :)

It's been almost two weeks, and I've barely glanced at the computer... but today, I've got a minute or two while our little man snoozes. So here's a quick glimpse into what our life is looking like these days:

"They" say that having a baby turns your world upside-down. First time moms are warned about sleep deprivation, shower-less days, colicky infants, projectile spit-up, and a host of other post-baby "complications." So you try and brace yourself for all those icky mommy-moments, when you're ready to throw in the towel and quit. You close your eyes, and when that baby comes, you wait for the inevitable, because everyone tells you that life as you knew it is now over.

Well, they're right.


What they don't tell you is this:

That, after a long, long day, the look in your husband's eyes when he comes home from work and sits down to snuggle with your little man makes it one-hundred million percent worth it.

Or, that after the fourth dirty diaper in ten minutes (nope, not exaggerating), your little guy will look up at you and hiccup, and you'll melt and tell him he can poop all day for all you care.

They don't tell you about the incredible feeling you'll get when you lay down for a nap with your baby, and he snuggles right into you and falls asleep.

They don't tell you that it will break your heart to hear him cry, or make your day to see him smile, and thus, you're in for lots of heartbreak, and lots of happy days.

I could go on and on, but I'll spare you :) Let's just leave it at this: as a brand-new momma, speaking quite frankly, this parenting business is probably the very hardest thing I've ever done. And yes, it is absolutely, completely worth it--stinky diapers, spit-up, sleep deprivation and all.

Now, if you would excuse me... Mr. Totally-Worth-It is wide awake ;)