Our youngest baby boy joined our family this past Friday, the 15th of September. That means right now we are on day 6 of our postpartum journey.
When I think of the word “postpartum”, all I think about is the negativity that comes along with the word. Anyone who has ever tried to give me advice about the postpartum period usually tells me it will be hard. They say the baby won’t sleep or they mention the weight that probably won’t be coming off as soon as the baby is born. There are just so many negative things to say because it is VERY hard.
You are right. I don’t get much sleep. Baby eats ALL the time. We are going through so many diapers. I am tired. I am still trying to recover from the delivery and I have a family who still counts on me to make it through the day.
And while all these things are going on, I am still the absolute happiest at this time in my life. As I write this, I am in bed with my little sidekick next to me. He is snoozing away while momma tells the world about this tiny little human.
His name is Jonathan James and came into this world weighing 8lbs 7oz and 21in tall. I did everything I could have to prepare for his entrance. I was terrified and nervous about the postpartum period that followed. I didn’t know how the kids were going to handle a new baby coming into the picture. How was I gonna keep up with the housework? Will I have time to cook each meal for my family?
Well, I have to tell you that things aren’t perfect. Ryan is home this week which has been a huge help but things are still a bit rough. I could go on and tell you all about the negativity in my life BUT I want to tell you about the great things that I am currently experiencing.
I am watching Jonathan grow. Each day that goes by I can see such small changes and progress in his little body. He is learning to live outside of my womb and that is amazing to me. I get the privilege to show him and help him along the way. Being his mother is an absolute blessing.
I am also watching my family transition from a family of four into a lovely family of five. My children are learning to interact with each other and adjust to changes. Ryan and I are learning how to multitask because we are officially outnumbered. It is such an awesome season to be in.
Our family is growing and it seriously makes my heart so happy. I love being able to bring these children into this world and then guide them through this thing called life. I have said it before and I will say it again, there are others who wish to be in our shoes. I think about the babies who don’t have a mother or a father. Or those couples who can’t have that precious baby. Luckily, I am able to and I will be forever grateful.
Therefore, I try my best to look past the negativity. There is so much joy in this tiny human being. Your entire world changes and you will never be the same person again. Mommas just try to enjoy this time because it goes by so quickly. Before you know it this baby will be sleeping through the night, playing with friends, and heading off to school. Don’t waste this precious time. You only get one chance to enjoy this season of life.
Now, excuse me while I go love on my sweet Jonathan because I only get one shot at making today memorable for the both of us.