Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Having a Newborn is Easy (ish)

Tell that to the me of 3 years ago and I'd slap you in the face, but seriously, having a newborn is easy right now. Yeah, I'm tired. And yeah, nursing consumes my life... but this kid is so easy. Now, part of it is that Bentley is a MUCH easier baby than Fynn was (if you're reading this when you're older, sorry Fynn, but it is so true). But a big part is my perspective. Having an almost 3 year old shows me just how exhausting parenting can be. Having two kids makes taking care of just one (especially when it's the one who's only awake for about 2 hours at a time) seems relatively easy.

About 3 years ago, when I was home on maternity leave with Fynn, having a newborn seemed like the hardest thing in the world. I couldn't shower until Drew got home to watch the baby. Leaving the house took 3 hours of prep and packing and I still managed to forget something. Now I can get the baby, the toddler, and myself up and out of the house in 30 minutes and usually I have the essentials.

It also helps that I realize now how quickly the newborn phase passes and how much I'll miss the constant snuggles and neediness of such a tiny human. I'm trying to treasure all my time with both kids right now, because it's true how quickly they grow and change.

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