What It’s Like to be a First Time Mom: The Early Days

Well, Hadley’s 6 weeks old now, see?


Isn’t she the cutest little girl? I mean, I know I’m her mom and all, but my baby’s cute. CUTE.

I can’t believe how quickly 6 weeks has passed. I think you should all get used to hearing me say, “I can’t believe how fast…”. I have a feeling I’ll be saying that a lot. It’s true though, time is flying by. I feel like I just left the hospital, nervous and afraid.

I’m not nearly as nervous and afraid now as when I left the hospital. I remember when we were released, I was scared to death to bathe my child. For some reason, it was the scariest thing in the world. I even got Mom to come help us bath her the first time we bathed her at home. And guess what? It was easy peasy. She loved it and it was fun to watch her enjoy the water, kicking and splashing. Now baby baths are just old hat.

Things are generally going really well around here. Hadley’s a really good baby. She’s not much of a crier and she sleeps quite well too. We get a 4-5 hour stretch once a night, then a couple of 2-3 hour stretches on either side of that. Having said that though, we are so tired. It is just plain hard to get up from a dead sleep in the middle of the night, every night. Every single night. It makes you tired. Really tired.

Now I’m going to go all “MOM” on all of you.

I’m so in love with this little girl. Sometimes I just stare at her. Sometimes I want her to wake up so I can “hang out” with her. Sometimes I already want another just like her, so I can have a double scoop of these feelings. It’s amazing. I hope it just gets better and better.

She’s (naturally) the number one priority in my life. That will never change. My floors need swept more often, there are dirty dishes on my counter, my car’s in desperate need of a cleaning. I don’t care. I’m not giving up a single second of quality time with my baby to do all of these piddly litle things as often as I used to. They’re just not as important anymore.

I mean, look at this face. Do you blame me?


2 responses to “What It’s Like to be a First Time Mom: The Early Days

  1. Just love your thoughts being put on paper. It thrills my heart to hear your sentiments of “mommahood” . Everybody starts out scared to death and then realize it’s such a natural thing. They bring out the best in “Mothers & Fathers”. ….and oh yeah…that hangin’ out thingy….becomes a hangin’ on thingy after a bit! Enjoy and keep us posted! <3 <3 <3

  2. Terri-Ann MacKenzie McTiernan

    Tara, you are absolutely right, Hadley is CUTE! Reading this post reminds me of a time when you were a few months older than Hadley and your Mom was experiencing all the first anxious times of motherhood. I was dating your cousin at the time and your parents needed a sitter…..yes, they were desperate and we got the job. I remember arriving and you being in your playpen looking soooo cute. Although very appreciatative , Debbie was nervous, wondering aloud if perhaps you should have Tylenol..”in case you got sick”. I can remember thinking, in all my 19 year old wisdom and cockiness, “this woman is nuts!” Flash forward to when I had my first baby 24 years ago and the time came for me to leave her with a young sitter. It all became crystal clear. What the hell was your mother doing leaving me with you? Tylenol?……there should have been a defibrillator, a paediatric doctor and an ambulance on standby! hee hee
    Seriously, try really has to skip the nerves and worrying. Look how wonderful you turned out. xo

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