Monday, January 4, 2010

Things I should know by now...

about life with a newborn:

Caffeine and sweets will only get me so far
I need some exercise, even if it is only for a few minutes at a time
Go outside and play
I physically can’t do everything, no need to feel guilty about it
I can’t always take care of everyone’s needs the very moment they need me, don’t feel too bad about it
Go to bed before midnight.  I’ll have time for myself someday, I should get some sleep now
Hire a cleaning service for a few months
Taking care of a new baby get easier with each birth, but everything else gets harder

Things I know for sure:
Co-sleeping and nursing on demand work beautifully for our family
Dan is an incredible dad and husband 
PBS and iTunes are not that bad for my kids
Cooking and sewing lift my spirits
It took 3 kids and a puppy to make me a coffee drinker
Baby-wearing is good for both of us, but rough on my back
Cloth diapers are a lot less trouble than I expected
A crying baby trumps a crying toddler or preschooler.  Everything feels a little easier when the baby is happy.
It is not as clean as I’d like, but it will do
If the house has been vacuumed and the dishes are done, the rest of the mess is a lot more tolerable
Snuggling with a baby is the best, enjoy the snuggles while they are available
A beer every once in a while is a good thing
VBACs happen
My kids are amazing in every way
I feel lucky and grateful everyday

What did I forget?  Please feel free to share your thoughts on this one!

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