Friday, December 16, 2011

Newlymoms

Ya know, like Newlyweds...but instead describing women who are about to become Moms...

Last night I caught up with E from Many Many Moons at her house. A house that is decorated just perfectly for Christmas :) The first thing I saw upon walking in the door was a stroller and a car seat and I think the only words out of my mouth were "SHUT UP." It was a wonderful sight to see. And a few feet away from the stroller was a pack n play and then a few feet from that a table FULL of baby supplies. Also a wonderful (and crazy!) sight to see!

We talked about our babies that are coming and how insane it all is. Just a few months ago we were both very much baby-less. So to be where we are right now is just amazing. I am SO excited for E and her husband as they wait for the call that their son is being born. They have a ton of thoughts and emotions going on in their heads and I don't blame them! But I just know in my heart this is their baby...their time...their miracle...

We were discussing how nuts it is that we know so little about infant care. And what to do and not to do with a newborn baby. I mean what the hell have we been doing the last few years as we waited for our babies?! I guess we could have been studying up :) Oh well. We're all about the "learn as you go and hope you don't mess baby up for life" plan.

Before I left she showed me how they learned to swaddle a baby in their infant care class the other night. She grabbed a wooden snowman from the shelf (which was about the size of a newborn) and showed me her swaddle skills. I then suggested she she put the fleece teddy bear hat that was laying on the table on the snowman. And then we tried the snow-baby out in the new car seat, of course.

Can't wait for her little man to arrive!! Our babies will definitely be having a play date this summer :) Playdate? Babies? What? So much is changing.

For the better.










11 comments:

L said...

I'm starting to feel like we don't know enough about infant care either! Although almost everyone I talk to with kids said you just have to kind of learn as you go - so I'm hoping they are right :)

kkasun said...

So amazing!!!!!!
We didn't know anything either. You just fly by te seat of your pants, since each baby is so different anyways!!!

Lauren said...

So happy this is happening for both of you!!! You guys will both figure out the newborn care thing as it comes, no worries!

Josey said...

I am so so jealous that you two live so close together!

Being a whole week into this, I gotta say, Stella was born and I knew NOTHING. They taught me how to swaddle in the hospital and to wipe little girls front to back, and other than that, I've just been doing whatever feels right. You'll be surprised how much you'll just know what to do... or at least figure it out on the fly b/c you have to. :)

Samantha said...

Your mommy instincts will kick in, don't worry!!!

You can check out The Happiest Baby On The Block book/DVD if you're interested in learning to swaddle:

http://www.happiestbaby.com/

We swaddled for the first couple of months, and then switched to the Woombie, which we loved.

http://www.thewoombie.com/?gclid=CMqn7c3nhq0CFQoDQAod8XhT6Q

Jenny said...

am I dork that because this post totally made me tear up!?!?

And yes, it's funny how the moms that got KU accidently and the moms that waited years for their babies sort of all fall into the same boat when it comes to actually raising the baby! It hit me like a ton of bricks after A was born...and I figured my background in childcare and teaching would have helped but newborns are a totally different ball game! The big advantage to infertility though is you'll be a lot more patient with trying to figure it all out...you won't take the tough stuff for granted :)

Kelly said...

Jealous!!!!

Josey is right... it will all come naturally or you'll figure it out.

A lot of the stuff that you learn doesn't apply to you anyways because it doesn't work for your baby, so we have just been going with the flow and doing what feels right and what works. Survival of the fittest, adaptation, all that good stuff.

What a fun summer you guys will have!

JM said...

OH MY GAWD why is there not a picture of this swaddled snowman with a teddy bear hat in a car seat????

For shame.

Faith said...

lol, so fun! And you can read anything you want - taking care of a baby is something you just have to learn as you go. I have spent my career helping parents bond and take care of their babies, I have spent years babysitting...and the first time I had to change my son's diaper, I was shaking so hard! It was INSANE! There is nothing like caring for YOUR baby. So happy for you!

Baby Hopes said...

I'm with Josey - I'm so jealous of how close you two live! :) I'm so excited for you both!!!

Shannon said...

HOLY.....what?!? I go MIA for two weeks and E has a baby!?!?!? I gotta get caught up!!!! I'm in tears here!