Oh Babies.

I made chicken salad and took it over to Jess’ house for lunch yesterday. The baby is two weeks old and I can tell she’s starting to go stir-crazy being stuck at home with him all day, so I think she was happy for the company and the chit-chat, even if I could only stay a little while. I don’t really get what everyone says is so hard about having a newborn. As far as I’ve seen, all he does is eat and sleep, with occasional spitting up or diaper changes. (Jess is keeping two bibs on him at all times – easier to switch out the bibs than change his whole outfit when he spits up. She says people laugh, but hey, she found a solution that works for her!) She did say that the day before she accidentally drank tea with caffiene and the baby was up all night, but besides that he’s gained enough weight that they don’t have to wake him during the night to eat, so she’s been getting 5 or 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

One thing I learned yesterday: he has tiny toes! Like, really tiny. Like, I could break them off if I’m not careful. Also, GG and I realized that our cat weighs almost three times as much as the baby!

5 comments on “Oh Babies.

  1. You got me! I almost did a spit take with the, “I really don’t see what’s so hard about having a newborn…” line.
    Does Jess read your blog? She’ll call you at 3 am when she’s nursing!
    It’s the endless drudgery of just what you said, taking care of the eating and sleeping and cleaning up and changing diapers and laundry, over and over and over again…non stop.

    Not to mention the times when they cry and you can’t figure out how to help them and make them stop.

    Thank you, that’s the funniest thing I’ve read today.

  2. No, I don’t think she reads here. (But just in case: “Hi Pookie!”) I get that it’s tedious and you can’t just leave or go do something else when you get bored with it, but it’s not like hard work, and it’s not 24 hours a day, considering they spend so much time sleeping. And I’ve seen her feed the baby – all you have to do is sit there! You could be reading a book or sending e-mail or something while the baby eats.

  3. I’m going to agree with you. Some newborns are super easy. Esme definitely was. Once she got the hang of mobility, things changed, but I definitely had it easy those first few months and wondered what everyone complained about. I imagine I’d be singing a different tune had we had latch problems, or had she been colicky or not slept through the night, etc.

  4. Thank you Amy! I was actually just telling Jess about Esme the other day (“I know this girl, well we read each other’s blogs and we were at the same concert once, and she has the happiest baby!”)

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