There and back again

Posted on: June 2, 2011

Let’s take a trip down memory lane.  Well, my memory anyways. 

Everyone tells you the first six weeks of your baby’s life are hard.  Let’s be honest here, the word “hard” is a major understatement.  “Hard” is like trying to eat a Wendy’s Frosty (yum!), talk on your cell phone, and drive at the same time.  The first six weeks of your child’s life are not hard, they are intense, as in, trying to climb Mt. Everest during a snow storm, intense. 

The exhaustion alone is enough to kill you.  I’m not talking, “I stayed up all night partying and didn’t get to bed until 3am” exhaustion.  I’m talking, “I’ve been up for 72 hours straight with no sleep and feel like I will never get sleep ever again” exhaustion.  There are the feedings every 1 1/2-2 hours, diaper changes, and constant attention your newborn needs.  And, that’s not just during the day, that’s at night also.  The first few weeks, my little guy would wake up every 2 hours at night to eat.  Then, he went backwards, and was waking up once an hour!  He would wake up to eat, then wake up an hour later for a diaper change, then wake up another hour later to eat again, and so on, all night long.  What made it worse was that I had women telling me, “My baby started sleeping through the night when he was just three weeks old”.  Yeah, that’s what I need to hear right now.  Thank you very much. 

People will tell you, “Nap when the baby naps during the day”.  Yeah, right.  Baby’s nap time is mommy’s time to get things done.  As much as I DESPERATELY wanted and needed the sleep, I would usually end up spending baby’s nap time doing things around the house.  “Why”?, you ask.  That’s easy.  Because when baby is awake, he gets your full, undivided attention EVERY waking moment.  There is no time for anything else.  Those first six weeks, all you will do is take care of the baby.  Your life goes out the window and EVERYTHING revolves around your new little bundle of joy.  So, you can see why it’s so exhausting. 

If you are pregnant, let me give you a word of advice.  If people offer to help you with things those first six weeks(cook, clean, etc.), TAKE THEIR HELP.  Don’t be stubborn and say no because you think you won’t need/want the help.  Believe me, you will.

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