My wife and I just had a little girl. It’s been nearly five years since we’ve had an infant in the house. And in those five years, I forgot a lot about what it was like to have a baby in your life.
I didn’t forget the sleepless nights. Or the crying for food. Or the dirty diapers. Or the sweet, teeny-tiny hands.
But I did forget a lot.
If it’s been a while since you’ve had an infant in the house, I bet you’ve forgotten some things, too.
Ten Things I Forgot About Newborns
1. Bottles and such. Everywhere.
Everywhere I turn, there’s a bottle. Or a pacifier. Or some other kind of baby swag. It’s like a baby store exploded all over the house.
2. Germ aversion
Everywhere we go now, I’m on the lookout for germs. Every time I touch something other than my own hands, I’m reaching for the Purell to sanitize that junk right off of my hands. Can’t have germs getting on an infant. I’m working now to find a Purell body spray for everybody that comes to visit our house.
3. That car seat is heavy!
I forgot that lugging that car seat around gets heavy! Just a quick trip to the store leaves you with a sore arm. And a massive bicep.
4. Sweet baby squeaks
Oh how I love these little sounds. They’re not quite “coos” yet … they’re just random squeaks and grunts. While they sleep, these happen a ton. And they melt your heart.
5. Leaving the house is an ordeal.
To leave the house, you’ve got to take enough supplies to take care of an army. From diaper bags to pack-n-plays to extra wipes and sleepers. And be sure to not forget the bottles. (see above)
6. When you put them in a spot, they stay.
Kinda forgot about this benefit. Five year olds don’t really stay in one spot. But infants sure do!
At no other time in my life am I able to jump out of bed at the slightest sound of a grunt, and be on full-alert in less than two seconds. Never. Before my wife finishes, “Honey, can you check …” I’m out of the bed, from the middle of a deep sleep, huddled over the crib. Heart racing. Shallow breaths. Ready to check out my little girl, then run a marathon.
8. So. Many. Diapers.
We go through eight to10 a day. And our doctor calls that “good.” And the more poopy they are, the better. I think.
9. What day is it?
I honestly have no idea what day it is anymore. I’m barely confident what month we’re in. I can judge that based on the fact that I know what month my baby was born. And I’m fully confident that it’s 2011. Right?
10. My heart? Melted. Instantly.
As difficult as the first few months of a newborn’s life can be,
– one look
– one squeak
– one moment of her resting in my arms
– one time knowing I helped satisfy her hunger
– one sniff of her “baby smell”
melts my heart. And I’m wrapped tightly around her little finger once again. Every single day.
How long has it been since you’ve had a newborn at home? Anything here you’d forgotten?