Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This Thing That I'm Eagerly Anticipating

"The general rule is that the first six weeks are just shell-shock and constantly feeling like you're the most incompetent, exhausted person in the world. Physical ailments on top and bottom, and every feeding feels like the baby might die if it doesn't eat enough."
--Ask Moxie

Good to know.

4 comments:

Kelly said...

True, true, true...all true.

BUT...

The first 6 weeks are also filled with moments of time standing perfectly still as you cuddle with a new little warm body...

...moments of your breath being taken away from you at the sound of your baby's precious little sighs...

...moments of amazement as you look down at a tiny face that portrays a mix of Steve's features and yours...

...moments of awe as you realize that you (and only you)are producing exactly what your baby needs at that exact moment to survive.

...moments of laughter as your baby makes very funny grunting sounds while enjoying that perfect mix of what it needs.

...moments of pure delight when your baby stops crying at the simple touch of your finger against it's cheek.

The first 6 weeks are an adjustment to say the least, but they are 6 weeks you will one day miss tremendously.

Love you, Amy. Thanks for the sweet card!

PS. I think it's a boy.

Michelle McCallum said...

I agree with Kelly!

I don't like it when people describe the first several weeks as the worst possible thing you can go through, when it is quite the opposite! The first several weeks of your baby's life are like no other time. Your child is completely dependent upon you for everything. You are there for every first- the first smile, the first dirty diaper, the first laugh, the first time she sleeps through the night, the first time she recognizes your voice and turns to find you, the first time she cries when you had she to someone else, the first time she holds up her head... I could go on and on.

You might be tired, yes, but isn't is worth it!? I would rather have no sleep at all than give up those first weeks with my child. Every moment is so precious-- and unrepeatable.

You are going to be such a wonderful mother! I am so excited for you and Steve. You're almost there...

Amy said...

I appreciate these comments from the opposite perspective. Kelly, your description is beautiful--made me smile!

The quote I posted didn't necessarily freak me out--in fact, it made me laugh. I may not find it so funny in a couple of months, but for some reason I did today.

It's good to be prepared for the worst and hope for the best, I guess :) I am sure there will be plenty of highs AND lows!

Sonia said...

Yes, the first 6 wks can be exhausting....but also very peaceful. Enjoy this time.