So I have not posted anything here but I have been following along for months, its been nice to see how encouraging everyone is. I think I need some encouragement now. I am about 37 weeks and I woke up this morning realizing that in a few weeks (give or take) I'm going to have a newborn. Although I am excited all I can remember right now is how horrible the weeks and months were after my son was born. The dread when it was time to breastfeed because I knew it was going to hurt, a bladder infection that I did not know about for four months, the sleepless nights, the crazy hormones and all the other post partum recovery issues. What makes those first few months worth it again? Does anyone have any moments they wouldn't mind sharing that make all of pain and discomfort of pregnancy, childbirth and recovery worth it to them? I don't want to go into labor dreading what might come after, I want to look forward to the priceless times with a newborn that only come once.
Moments with your baby that make all the pain worth it
I'm really looking forward to having a baby to cuddle again. My son has always been large (think 99th percentile for height and usually weight), so he wasn't ever tiny, and grew so quickly I didn't get enough sweet little baby cuddles.
I loved holding him as a newborn and stroking his head... the thought of getting to do that again, but with a new baby, is so exciting!
The smell. Oh, god, the baby head smell. Yum.
Also, just marveling at their tiny little hands and feet compared to the size of your hand. And then thinking "How can such a tiny foot produce such a big kick when they were on the inside?"
I don't know if all babies do this, but when DS would have wakeful periods, he'd move his arms around like he was conducting an orchestra. He had such a serious look about his face too. It was fascinating and endearing to watch. And do you think I thought to actually take a video of it? No, I was too entranced...