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?


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