Sunday, February 8, 2009

If it's on Face Book, you know it's cool

So, if you're like me and love to kill time on Face Book (best maternity pastime EVER), you have undoubtedly encountered a list of 25 random things about your friend or your friend's friend. While I have comprised a list in my head on a number of occasions, I haven't yet actually written my list. I did, however, decide that I would rip off the idea and write my own list of 25 random things I learned and or experienced over the past six weeks. If you don't want to read about bodily functions or, horrifyingly enough, feelings, then stop reading now.

Now that I've got that disclaimer out of the way, have at it. Since these are random things, they are, appropriately enough, in no particular order.
  1. Holy hell, who knew that you could actually see eyelashes grow? At the hospital, several people commented that Mary Clare didn't have eyelashes. She did, actually, but just barely. Well, over the past six weeks they have gone from tiny little specks to long, dark lashes. It's seriously crazy.
  2. Mary Clare has peed on me more times than I can count. And I'm a fast diaper changer. If it's like this with a baby girl, I can't imagine what happens every time the mothers of boys go in for a change.
  3. I swell up with pride when someone tells me Mary Clare is beautiful. I don't even care if the person is lying. I love it.
  4. I also swell up with pride when our pediatrician and the nurses comment on what a good baby she is, because, well, you know they have to see some real train wrecks. So she must be really good.
  5. I had no idea I could watch so much television.
  6. I also had no idea there were so many Law & Order episodes. Seriously. We watch it all the time, and still haven't seen a repeat.
  7. I used to consider myself a fairly modest person, but after going through childbirth and breastfeeding, all bets are off. Boobs, schmoobs. They're just like arms or hands to me now ... I don't care who sees them.
  8. That said, I do have some standards. I don't just whip it out and start feeding without a blanket over myself and Mary Clare.
  9. Then again, I never thought I would do the above while sitting in a living room with Chip's parents, his uncle, his cousin and his cousin's two daughters. When you gotta feed, you gotta feed.
  10. Mary Clare can sleep through the roar of the Dyson, and for that I am eternally grateful.
  11. I can't tell you how guilty I feel about neglecting Buddy. He has handled this change like a champ, and that almost makes me feel even worse.
  12. I can wear regular jeans now, but I am loathe to give up my maternity pants. Elastic waisted pants are awesome.
  13. I can also wear most of my regular shirts now, but they all feel really, really short compared to maternity shirts.
  14. Having Chip at home for the first six weeks of Mary Clare's life was a joy. Not just because caring for a a tiny 7 lb. baby sometimes requires four sets of hands or because he was able to bond with Mary Clare, but because i enjoyed spending six solid weeks with him.
  15. There is nothing crazier than touching your breast and seeing a stream of milk shoot clear across the room.
  16. I wish someone had told me about the insane sweating. I wake up drenched every night, and now feel the need to wash our sheets every other day.
  17. I drink water like its my job. Apparently breastfeeding also makes you very thirsty.
  18. I am surprisingly laid back about not insisting everyone wash their hands the second they walk into our house. Then again, we're lucky that most of our friends and family members are aggressive hand washers.
  19. Planning every single move around another person is exhausting. And humbling. It's weird not being numero uno any more.
  20. I always knew our friends and family members were great, but wow, they really outdid (and continue to outdo) themselves.
  21. Motherhood has not made me lose my desire to keep everything in its place. Having the papasan chair and swing out kills me, but even I know it's crazy to put it in a closet every night.
  22. I can't believe I have such a beautiful baby.
  23. After Mary Clare's birth, I was shaking violently and out of it, but I clearly remember seeing a look of utter joy on Chip's face. I can't put it into words, but I will never forget that look as long as I live. Just thinking about it makes my heart skip a beat.
  24. I love Mary Clare's name. Love it, love it, love it.
  25. Oh, and I love Mary Clare, too. I really can't believe she's finally here. And that she's so perfect. I am, in fact, now one of those mothers. Heaven help us.

1 comment:

  1. love it... love it... love it... what a great list. miss you xxooxx

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