5 things I learned this month:
1. Sam is a great dad.
And it’s sexy. Real sexy. We were recently discussing the ‘dad bond’ with some friends. Each dad shared how long it had taken to feel bonded to their kids. Some said a few weeks. Some up to six months. Then we asked Sam if he felt bonded to Clara yet, or how soon he thought it would be until he did. He didn’t even look away from the football game on the tv as he said,
We all laughed, but he looked at us and said, “No, seriously. The moment she was born. As soon as I laid eyes on her, I was crazy about her.”
Excuse me while I DIE OF LOVE. (and are those six weeks up yet, Dr. Rice?)
2. It’s ok to ask for help.
Really. Truly. Go for it, Jessie. ASK. Because being a new mom is hard. Exhausting, emotional, strange, and sometimes baby crying in the daunting dark of night for unknown reasons hard. But I’m not the first person to do this mom thing, and there are a lot of people who love me and my husband and our baby so much that it’s actually a little weird. So, instead of being stubborn…instead of being proud…instead of being so damn independent…ask for help. You’ll probably get some delicious dinners and maybe even a hug, just exactly when you need it.
5. It is absolutely impossible to love someone this much.
Imagine a person who whines enough to wake you up several times a night. Who yells at you without saying what’s wrong. Who pukes on your clothes every day. Who makes big messes and doesn’t clean anything. Who steals your husband’s heart.
Now imagine actually adoring that person, for no other reason than they. are. yours. That’s being a parent. And that’s really all I know about it so far.
Happy One Month Birthday, Clara Noelle.
You light up our lives.