Going from this
in the matter of nine months takes a lot more work than originally thought.
Or rather, than I originally thought.
But this is the best kind of work I could possibly imagine.
It’s hard to believe that a little over six weeks ago we brought our daughter home. In a way, it feels as if she’s been with our family for years, and in another, it still feels surreal, like she’s just hear temporarily. However, I can say that during these past six weeks, I’ve fully been initiated into motherhood…
My boobs have doubled in size and are now leaking like crazy. I can just hear a baby cry or see a full baby bottle and oops, I sprung a leak. Heck, I’m starting to leak right now just thinking about it…For those of you who are leaky like me, I fully recommend Lansinoh Nursing Pads. They are lifesavers! But I wouldn’t trade the leaky boobs for the world. It means that I get to nourish and feed my daughter, something that I have come to treasure.
To go along with the leaky boobs, I constantly smell like soured milk. From her messy eating and my constant leakiness, the smells just compound. I’m surprised the hubs hasn’t run far, far away or made more comments about it. I guess he is a smart man. No matter the number of showers I take, the smell just comes right back. But again, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
Then there’s the spit up. I don’t know about everyone else with kids, but my daughter spits up and the most random and ill-opportune times. And it’s not anywhere near a time when she last ate! Say she eats at 2 and won’t eat again for another couple of hours, I burp her when she’s done feeding and think “the coast is clear.” I either continue to hold her, put her in her swing, or lay her on her play mat. Sometimes she falls asleep, but more recently, she’s staying awake. She seems to be doing just fine playing and then all of a sudden, hello spit up. This is around an hour or hour and a half after she’s last eating! And it’s not like I’ve moved her or anything, she just decides to keep me on my toes when it comes to this sort of thing. Now, because her spitting up comes out of the blue, I have been doused numerous times. Just the other night, for example, I was getting her ready for bed and as I was walking into my bedroom to feed her she let it all out and down my shirt it went. I admit, she does have some pretty good aim. Getting spit up on, of course, just adds to the smell. But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
And of course, there’s everyone’s favorite: getting pooped on. Let’s just say I’m used to this by now and it just comes with the territory. When I hear it coming, I no longer flinch. I just accept my fate and try to minimize the damage as much as possible. I mean, better it to be me than our dry clean only duvet cover (she got that too once, needless to say, we’re on the hunt for a new duvet cover that isn’t dry clean only). But I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
There’s so much that comes with being a new mom. So many new experiences. Who would have thought that I would be okay with breastfeeding out in public? A year ago I would have laughed at the thought. But now I don’t hesitate to feed her. I may still cover myself, but I don’t go lock myself in a bathroom (not that there’s anything wrong with that…I just choose not to). I remember the hubs telling me that diaper changing was going to be my job and that he was staying away from poopy diapers. When she was born, he volunteered to change the first one! Yeah, I was shocked. And now it’s not a big deal for him to change a diaper.
We’re still getting into the hang of this whole being parents thing, and yes there are a lot of “dirties” that come with the job. But they all are outweighed by the smiles I get and the cuddles and the overwhelming love that we share. I love being a member of the mommy club and I fully accept my role as mommy. In fact, I wouldn’t trade that role for all the diamonds and money in the world.
About our guest…
Hi. I’m Alli, a 20 something year old who is passionate about living the life that God has given me. I married the love of my life in 2009. That is a day that I will never forget. The day I joined my soulmate on this journey through life. “Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mark 10:9 Since then, I have graduated college, we have moved cities, and both have started on our careers, and bought a house! Then it seemed only right to take the next step in growing our family. On January 17th we welcomed our daughter. This is just a blog about our simple life: Beautiful Family Affairs