Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Letter To New Mommy Me

10:26 PM

I've been a mommy for a little over a year now.  And I can say without hesitation that mommydom has been the most rewarding experience of my life.  Every day she makes my world that much brighter.  Looking back, there are a few things I would've liked to have known earlier.  Keeping in line with my letters to myself,

A letter to brand new mommy me,

YOUR BABY HAS REFLUX!!!!!! She is not over tired, it is not just a normal night waking, your baby is waking up screaming 30 minutes after eating because she has reflux! It's going to take a you a little bit to figure this out. One late night up googling it finally drops in.  The good news is that Zyrtec is awesome and fixes our baby right on up. The lowest dose does it and she's back to her normal happy self.

She's going to have jaundice. And no one is going to tell you exactly what's going on.  Luckily we have our medical degree from Google University and automatically know what bilirubin is.  Prepare yourself for overhearing during shift change a nurse saying "Oh, that baby ain't going home today".   And then crying.  You'll have to leave her overnight, but she's going to get released the next morning.

Our little burrito, under the lights
"Sleep when the baby sleeps" is like a unicorn - totally doesn't exist.  When the baby sleeps you have to do things like use the bathroom, maybe eat something, stare at the baby, take pictures of the baby.  Important stuff, but not sleep.  Sleep comes later, I'm not sure when, but later, or so people tell me. 

There will only be one night where you have almost no sleep before going to work.  You will nearly fall asleep at your desk, but the guy sitting behind you will save you by talking extra loud on the phone.  You'll thank him the next day.

Freaking out is completely normal.  Luckily you don't have to often.  Just that one time you thought you locked the baby in the car.  You remember there's a spare set of keys in the house before you break the car window. Oh and when she gets pinkeye (ick).

No one tells you how much you'll worry.  You'll hear about being tired, and being happy, but never about the worry. It doesn't go away.  What you worry about changes, but that feeling of being on red-alert just in case something happens and you need to spring into action, it doesn't go anywhere.

You can stop thinking of witty comebacks for those who get a little too excited with baby advice, no one around you is that pushy/stupid.  And turns out the easiest way to deal with unwanted advice is to say thank you and then ignore it.

Her smiles are going to make you melt.  I'm pretty sure she figures this out pretty early on.  When she's doing something she shouldn't and you call her name, she'll smile and wave.  It's darn cute.
Smiling on her first night

Don't worry, you've got this.  That baby puke down your back, shirt, arm, leg, sheets... no big deal.  You never run out of milk, or anything else for that matter.  You do have to watch Grandpa though, he's pretty sure the baby should be eating steak and potatoes at about 8 weeks.  And it just gets worse.

Being a mommy is the best thing that's ever happened to us.  Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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