Friday, November 4, 2011

Newborn Alert!

Nope, he’s not here yet, but I’m starting to get super excited about meeting my son!

I can’t wait to see how his sister adores him. I can’t wait to hold a baby again and feel the soft skin and smell the sweet lotions. I can’t wait to watch his chest rise and fall as he sleeps and see him go through all the fun milestones.

Meanwhile I think I'm also trying to block out the tough stuff about having a new baby.

Apparently, newborns typically sleep up to 16-17 hours a day. I remember reading that while I was pregnant with Hannah and thinking, “Oh, that’s not so bad. I should be able to get a decent amount of sleep.”

HA! Ha HAH! Oh wow, I was naïve. Though I know it’s not entirely accurate, this is how I remember Hannah’s newborn days:

how often do babies sleep
This seems eerily similar to how the male brain works. (Ba-dum CHING!)
And then just when you think you can see the light at the end of the tunnel…WHAM! Here comes the four-month sleep regression that no one ever told you about. And teething. And the first fever. And growth spurts.
The good news is it’s all worth it. Now I’ve got this sweet, funny little person to show for all the hard work, and I’m about to get another one! He will most likely be quite different from Hannah in many ways, so it will be a whole new adventure.  A challenge, yes – but the most worthwhile one I could ever engage in.

So while I know there are going to be tough days, this time around I have the added benefit of actually knowing what to expect. Plus I’ll have Hannah to help me with diaper changes and spit-up laundry. Those aren’t unreasonable expectations for a two-year-old, right?


  1. The chart cracked me up. :) Most definitely similar to the overall male mentality. I'll be excited to see photos of your new little one when he arrives. I'm sure his sister is going to ADORE him!

  2. Yes, that chart is so true! But honestly, I find having a newborn so easy compared to having a toddler most days. Of course there are exceptions, but over all... the newborn is actually pretty easy the second time around. :) You'll do great!!

  3. Thanks for the encouragement! I've heard from several others that it's easier the second time, so that does make me a little less nervous. ;)