Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Real Baby Advice...

...I received this email from a male co-worker last week. Aside from almost making me cry, I felt like it was "real" advice and I appreciated the honesty of it. I thought you'd all appreciate it too.

"That’s awesome (not finding out the sex). We were surprised with our first one too. We found out on the second. Both cool experiences, but I have to say, finding out it was a boy in the room when he was born was probably the coolest moment of my life.

As the father of two boys, I can tell you, boys are generally easier, but they are probably more exhausting. Girls are calmer, but they have their own issues. :)

Good luck with everything and congratulations! Try to enjoy it – as much as you possibly can when you’re a zombie from lack of sleep. And, here’s the big secret no one tells you beforehand, but you need to know… The first 4-5 months basically suck. The kid doesn’t do anything, but lay there and cry and eat. You’re exhausted, and it’s really hard.

But hang in there… because the time from 6-24 months more than makes up for it. It’s the most amazing experience to watch your baby literally learn something new every single day. He/she will go from a screaming lump to this wonderful kid with their own personality, likes (and dislikes), and opinions. And the first time your kid holds your finger or looks up at you and smiles or kisses you with a big open mouth wet kiss, well, you’ll forget all about the long nights of the first few months!"

Now go wipe away those tears!

6 comments :

Mrs. Fabulous said...

Your friend hit the nail on the head! There is no denying that the first few months are terribly hard. Especially if you are going back to work. But it's only a "season" of your life and it gets better, and easier.
:)

Mrs. Dirnberger said...

The first four months are hard BUT enjoy them because this is the time you can just lay and cuddle that new baby and he/she will want to cuddle back. After 6 months they will want free. The first 4 months are also easy in some sort b/c you can place him/her down and they don't move. Every stage is awesome...believe me you will eat it up!

Meg said...

Aw! How sweet!

Julie said...

Awww how sweet!

Alicia said...

Your co-worker had a lot great points. I cannot say I hated the newborn stage, but will agree that it is hard. I have heard this from several fathers and I think that maybe it has something to do with gender. :) He hit the nail on the head about as they get a personality and become their own little person. It is the best! So much for you guys to look forward to!!!

Mom said...

My dh didn't like them til 6 months either...I totally agree girls are calmer but boys are sweeter.