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things I have learned about motherhood… July 22, 2010

Filed under: Baby,Crochet,Photography,Project Projects! — Katherine @ 9:05 am

Thus far, I have learned that new motherhood involves the following:

Gifts. Flowers (see above), clothes, blankets with tiny zoo animals on, food! Very welcome.

Unsolicited advice regarding newborn care circa 1948/1979/1981/1992, generally followed by shock that laying your baby to sleep on their front/drinking a pint of stout a day while breastfeeding/utilising lead-based paints in your nursery is generally discouraged by healthcare professionals these days.

Poo. Lots and lots of poo. Ditto pee, sick, drool and milk (oh god, milk is EVERYWHERE).

Sleepless nights (obviously).

A great deal of one-handed 1am, 4am and 6.30am internetting.

An intense urge to craft for the baby, but a severe lack of time in which to do so. P.S. Ooh, finished sunburst blanket!

Pride at very simple actions on the part of your infant. She sneezed! Clever girl! The confidence that your child is supremely advanced. Obviously, as she was born with hair and can already fart AND hiccup AT THE SAME TIME. Wonder if Mensa has a minimum age?

Fear. Sometimes bordering on blind panic that the most simple of your actions, or inactions, will damage your child in some horrific way. The baby hasn’t slept all night, is she poorly? Or scared? Panic. The baby has slept soundly for 5 hours straight, is she dead? Panic. She is feeding too much, she is not feeding enough, is that a spot or a rash? Etc.

Did I already say sleepless nights?

Joy in simple pleasures. Such as breakfast. Or taking a shower.



8 Responses to “things I have learned about motherhood…”

  1. Heather Says:

    didn’t you even have the slightest inkling that there may be a lot of poo?

  2. Mr mist Says:

    Just wait until baby starts on solids. Then the poo situation gets really “interesting”.

  3. Clobelle Says:

    none of it ever ends but neither does the immense overwhelming feeling that they are perfect and every bit the best thing ever. Welcome back to blog land, congratulations on a gorgeous daughter and a lovely blog too x

  4. Anna Says:

    wow-just look at those toes! congratulations to you, you must be delighted.

  5. Melissa Says:

    “”Obviously, as she was born with hair and can already fart AND hiccup AT THE SAME TIME. Wonder if Mensa has a minimum age?””

    ROFL I ’bout fell out of my chair. I’m SO VERY GLAD i’m done with that stage, but I have so very many wonderful memories too. they smell so good (when they’re freshly changed and just bathed), and yeah I’m sure it was gas, but he still smiled, so it counts. Enjoy every sleeping and waking moment with them, believe me, it seems like only a few months and you’re seeing them off to pre-school, and then high school, and then (in my case) off to Army basic training and then the desert in Iraq and I spent the whole next year on the verge of tears from worry and worry and more worry waiting for the phone to ring, and when it does hoping its him. Oh my goodness!! Sorry I digressed badly.

    all that to say, when they’re tiny its a precious time that doesn’t last long. take not one second with them for granted. Congrats! oh and nice blanket too 🙂

  6. Janice Perkin Says:

    just found your blog thro’ heather – love the blanket – we too have a Phoebe in our family – also born via emergency C section on March 18th – our first grandaughter born to our daughter – it is such a wonderful time – am thinking about you – enjoy

  7. Madeleine Says:

    Gorgeous baby, gorgeous blanket! ^^

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