Chronicles of a New Mum: What I Wish I Appreciated More About the Newborn Stage
At 8 months old, my little explorer is a bundle of nonstop energy (and is even trying to crawl in her sleep). I love seeing her personality develop, but now I realize that I didn’t appreciate certain parts of those immobile newborn days as much as I should have. Yes, the first few months are kind of stressful since we have no idea what we’re doing as new parents, but when it comes to certain logistics, it’s a lot easier.
- Newborns don’t have the hand/eye coordination to smear avocado all over their face and hair
- They can’t rip their bib off every single time you velcro it closed or try to grab the spoon and poke their eye with it while you’re feeding them lunch
- They don’t do acrobatics on the changing table while you’re frantically trying to remove a dirty diaper with one hand and keep them from propelling off of it with the other
- They fall asleep anywhere and everywhere (even in a loud, crowded room)
- They don’t try to put everything they get their hands on in their mouth (like your hair, sunglasses, lint from the carpet…)
- You can put them on an activity mat and know with 100% certainty they can’t go anywhere else in the blink of an eye
- You can take a walk without having to bring an assortment of toys that always get tossed off the stroller when you don’t notice, never to be seen again
- You don’t need baby gates all over your house (that most grown-ups can’t even figure out how to open)
- Your coffee table, stairs, curtains, and cabinets didn’t set you into a total panic—now you wish your whole house was padded and nothing had corners
- Newborns curl up in a ball and sleep on your chest, instead of squeezing your nose and trying to eat your necklace (oh, how I miss those snuggles!)
On the other hand, this stage (as wild as it feels) is filled with so much fun, joy and laughs. I love hearing her new squeals and screeches, watching her wave, and find so much happiness in the little things (just not actual little things she can shove in her mouth)!