|A baby sleeping is about the sweetest thing ever, right? And can we all agree that Bear is a back sleeper?!|
It does seem like yesterday that I was riding the bus to the hospital on October 16th, drinking my usual coffee (I should have known when I got it from Au Bon "PAIN" that day) and not sure if my water had broke (and it definitely had...). Seven hours later, we had a son and my world completely changed. The first 4 weeks have flown by and I am so grateful to have made it through it. It's been an incredible, overwhelming month...and one I hope I'll never forget.
Some of my favorite (or memorable) moments from the last month...
- When Josh gave me these two little silver bear rings before I went into labor. I wear them every day and they mean so much (and how he finds such great gifts always is beyond me). People ask us a lot "why the name Bear?" and here's what I usually say: As crazy as we probably are to choose this as the official name on the birth certificate, we just really like it. That's really it. For years it had been "Jack," but then we somehow kept coming back to Bear. We thought it sounded "cool" and strong, even though it's usually a nickname. And so it just stuck. We also thought Bear Grylls was a neat, adventurous guy (although we didn't choose it b/c of him). And Bear Bryant...just a coincidence. We ultimately figured that anyone named Bear will probably be a cool guy and definitely stand out. So that's really it. And then we found out that Alicia Silverstone and Kate Winslet just named their sons Bear too, so I didn't feel as crazy. And now, I can't imagine it any other way.
- Minutes after giving birth my doctor literally said the following to me: "If you don't keep still, I will sew you up crooked." Not my "favorite" moment, but one I'll certainly remember. I love NYC doctors...
- When I had my first ham/swiss sandwich in over 9 months in the hospital. Best. sandwich. ever. Same goes with having my first unpasteurized fresh orange juice after getting home from hospital. Heaven. In the end, I cheated on a lot of the pregnancy food rules, but I never ate deli meats/hot dogs or drank unpasteurized juices.
- I'm not gonna lie, the day that your "milk comes in" is pretty exciting. They say it "comes in" around Day 4 or 5 and man does it come in! Hello there! (TMI, but the woman's body is an amazingly cool thing.)
- When he took breast milk from a spoon in the hospital. Spoon feeding at 2 days old...
- Watching him sleep. Probably the best thing ever. See photo above.
- When he smiles in his sleep. (Babies don't truly smile at you for awhile, but they do smile in their sleep and by accident quite a bit.)
- The first time I washed my hair after getting home from the hospital...priceless.
- When he was weighed at his 3-week appointment and was finally back to his birth weight (and as of today, 9 lbs 9 oz)! Very exciting stuff, folks. (Babies usually lose weight after birth and then it takes a week or two...or three to gain it back.) It was really stressful for me that he wasn't gaining it back quick enough, but then he did and all is ok. Pediatricians, I think, need to chill just a bit sometimes.
- The first "mustard seed" diaper. Yes...this was exciting. Poop colors those first couple weeks are an interesting thing. I'm talking a Pantone spectrum of colors here.
- Having my mother here to help for the first two weeks. Forever grateful. There were a couple late, late nights when she was there to take Bear for a few hours and I do believe she was the "baby whisperer" that first week...instantly able to calm him down.
- When he squeaks, grunts, sounds like a goat or makes some other odd noise. Babies make CRAZY noises and they're pretty awesome. Sometime they freak us out, but apparently they're normal.
- Seeing my husband hold him...never, ever gets old.
- Reading his first book to him - Black & White Animals (If you want to see the simplest book ever, then get this one...). I'm not so sure he even noticed the book, but it was the thought that counted.
- Putting him in a cute outfit. And then having him pee in it 5 minutes later.
- His first bath. This little guy LOVES the bath and that makes me so happy. He never flinched for one second when water was poured over him. I think he is basically ready for the ice bucket challenge now. Or scuba diving.
- When he stares for hours at the black and white picture frames on our living room wall. It's so true what they say about babies loving black/white. I can verify.
- Our first walk to Central Park. A perfect fall day. (I always had this little dream, probably since college, that someday I would have kids and I would stroll them in Central Park. Most of my life has NOT gone as planned, but this did and that was cool.)
- When I decided to turn off all notifications on my phone (at least for the first few months here). Life-changer.
- The incredible generosity of the people around us who have showered us with kind messages and love during this first month. Especially the 9 nights of SeamlessWeb dinners that were delivered to us by my amazing colleagues at work. So grateful. It's so nice to have support during this time, because it's really tough many days and knowing people care really does make a difference.
- As weird as it is, I think some of my favorite moments have been at 4am when I wake up (half asleep) to feed him and the apartment is quiet and dark and it's just me and him. There's something so special (and extremely exhausting) about that time. It doesn't always feel quite so special when you can barely pull yourself out of bed, but when I look back I know I will treasure those early morning feedings. Someday I will want them back I know.
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