So after a month in the new job, here are some observations / insights about parenting a newborn:
- While babies do not come with a manual, they do come programmed with sonar so that they can kick you hard and often in your recovering uterus and healing c-section wound.
- Babies are so cute when they are sleeping to make up for the fact that they can be terrifying A.F. when they’re awake.
- Poo can come out of any end of a diaper.
- I need more arms.
- Further to above, teeth are a viable second option when you are unable to use your hands. And your chin is a third. And your foot is an occasional fourth.
- Take advantage of any moment a baby actually settles, to pee and also drink a glass of water – you might not get another chance for many, many hours. In fact, you may want to consider doing both at the same time.
- It is possible to forget how long you’ve been wearing the same pair of underwear.
- You don’t know hangry until you’ve met a hungry newborn.
- Cleaning up someone else’s shit is sometimes a 2-person job.
- We are blessed to have supportive family and friends. It takes a village to raise a child, and to keep the parents sane.
- And as tough as this first month has been, I know that it’s been infinitely tougher for Angus, who is wrestling with concepts like hunger, cold, colour… and gas.
Bring on month 2!
**Facebook repost from 9th April, 2017**