Lots has happened since I last wrote. Namely, I had a baby.
That sentence comes nowhere near describing what actually happened. But that is a story for another time, one I’m still trying to get all down before I forget.
Anyway, here are some initial impressions of being a first time parent, just shy of two weeks.
- The everyday tasks of taking care of a newborn ranges from the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done to the most tedious, all at the same time.
- I have never cared so much about urine, bowel movements and consumption of food in my entire life.
- I have never gone this long without sleeping. I was in the hospital for five days and the first two I got maybe three hours total.
- You can think you are doing what’s right for your baby and be totally, totally wrong.
- I spend copious amounts of time on Google typing out searches that average eight to ten words.
- I never get tired of looking at his face. And smelling him. And kissing his cheeks. And talking in an annoying voice that I’ve never heard until now.
- Sometimes it feels like I’m constantly trying to figure out where to put him down. And that sort of makes me feel horrible.
- But then he coughs and I feel way more horrible.
- The only piece of clothing your baby needs is a sleeper or one piece, with footies and the fold over hand mitts. Onesies are worthless and you’ll feel bad because you won’t use them and that’s what most of your friends and family bought you.
- I don’t know if I’m posting too many photos and frankly, I don’t care? Or I pretend for the less than a dozen people who’d like to see him, they are wishing I’d post even more.
- If you don’t communicate with your partner in general, things will be really terrible. Thankfully, we’ve done pretty well in my opinion.
- Saying “my son” is totally awesome and totally weird.
- The only way to get through each day is to not think about all of the things that can and perhaps will go wrong in the future.
There are probably a hundred other things, but I won’t bore you.
It’s been surreal and also totally normal simultaneously.