On Becoming a Mom

I've officially been a mom for a few weeks and I am becoming more comfortable with my new role each day.  At this point, I am still not skilled (or coordinated) enough to breastfeed without completely disrobing but I CAN proudly rinse my daughter's hair in the bath without essentially waterboarding her.

A week before my c-section date, I was chatting with a new mom and she was trying to describe the exhaustion and exhilaration of becoming a new parent.  Her description made my hormonal-self cry a little bit.  She told me it was like waking up at 4 am to catch a flight for your vacation and you're so tired but you're also so excited because YOU'RE GOING ON VACATION!

Isn't that a nice way to think of being a new parent?  It was something I held on to and smiled about in the days leading up to Rudy's birth.

While I don't feel that way all the time, I can totally see what she meant.  For me, I'd compare being a new parent to being in a new romantic relationship.  I still feel like myself but when I'm driving home from work, my heart flutters at the thought of holding Rudy and I can't wait to see her and kiss her and hear all about her day... from Corey, of course!  Nothing is nicer or more peaceful than having her fall asleep in my arms and inhaling her sweet, baby scent!

What piece of advice or insight got you most excited about becoming a parent?

P.S.  You know how everyone says they grow sooo fast?  Apparently, it's true!  The top photo was taken about three weeks ago and now (below) the Wump's (That's what we call Rudy.  She's "The Wump!") already looking more like a real baby and less like a fragile newborn!

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