Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Baby Boom

Congrats to my sister and Pete on the birth of their baby girl, my lovely new niece on the westcoast. Miss Olive Fiona was born on Labor day (how fitting), a fiery, Irish beauty. Can't wait to meet her! And down the way, the experienced Hip Mama herself, Ariel Gore gave birth to her second child, a baby boy at the end of August. Also, congrats to Olivia Drab who, after experiencing painful miscarriages and reproductive conundrums, gave birth to a *perfect* baby girl. Reading up on Brooklyn Girl's first month of being mom to a newborn daughter and 2 year old son, I am reminded of that blurry but intense, often teary, completely awe inspiring, rugged terrain of the the postpartum months, when the hormones crash and the tedium descends and the realization that, gee this doesn't really let up does it? sets in. Whew, it gives me the goosebumps just thinking about it. All I can say is that my heart goes out to you all. The storms pass, eventually those newborns sleep for 3 then 4 then a glorious 5 or 6 hours at a time and you'll wonder what the heck is wrong with the baby. But it is a tough and often isolating time, so, forget the housecleaning, catnap when the babies do, eat good food, take those friends up of the offers to bring over food or hold the baby while you shower or escape the house for a few hours, breastfeed lying down, cosleep if it gets you more rest, forget the experts and listen to the baby and yourself. Watch good movies, order out often, put the inlaws to work, kick a few laundry baskets at 2 a.m., let the baby cry it out if you need to - it won't kill them, try a sling, swaddle the babe, get some breaks and know that what you are doing really, really matters!!!! But you already knew that, didn't you?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Steph and Pete, enjoy the ride!