Last week we celebrated Henry’s first month of being a little dude! We were looking back over the first few weeks with him and realized that we learned a few (read: ten zillion) things about what it’s like to be a parent. Talk about trial by fire, guys. I had some folks tell me before Henry was born that most parents are just winging it, so don’t worry if it feels like we are too. And wing it we did. These days, it certainly doesn’t feel like we have everything under control but it does feel like we know our little guy a lot better, and we might just be getting the hang of this parent thing. Here’s a little list of things we’ve learned.
You can do a whole lot on not a whole lot of sleep.
It becomes customary to live in the sweet spot between “I totally got this” and “This is terrifying.”
Watching your incredible husband turn into an incredible father is perhaps one of the greatest joys there is.
Concern about touching another person’s bodily fluids is a thing of the past.
Staring at your own newborn is more entertaining than pretty much any other pastime you can think of.
Hanging onto a few simple daily routines will help you feel more normal and less freaked — a shower, putting on real clothes, and getting out of the house (even for a short while) are like medicine for your exhausted brain/heart/soul.
There truly is no way to say how big the love is you can feel for a baby. So maybe that’s why we have to talk about it in cliches.