Welcome to the start of the wild and rewarding baby-coaster

Written by: Mindy April 03 2011 To All the Parents and Parents-To-Be Out There, Hi! My name is Mindy, and I’m one of the new bloggers here at Pregnancy & Newborn. I’ll spend the next […]

Written by: Mindy

To All the Parents and Parents-To-Be Out There,

Hi! My name is Mindy, and I’m one of the new bloggers here at Pregnancy & Newborn.

I’ll spend the next year sharing all the highs and lows that come with having a new little baby in the house (I’m due at the end of April).

If there’s anything I can promise you, it’s that you won’t feel alone if you’re on the same journey. And, if you’re getting ready for adventures with a new baby, I’ll give you an open preview of the (mostly) fun to come.

To be honest, the biggest value you’ll get from this blog—besides a laugh every now and then—will be a solid sense of empowerment. In other words, I’m bound to do some things wrong in the coming months … and I’ll be frank with you when I do.

This means you can learn from my mistakes, and hopefully you’ll share some comments about your own hard-earned epiphanies.

I have one confession: this isn’t my first time around the baby block. You see, I have an 18-month-old son, Caden. So, not only will I be re-learning how to handle life with a newborn, I’ll be doing it while trying to juggle the demands of a busy toddler.

Don’t think for a minute though that I know what I’m doing, even if I have done this before. Maybe it’s my pregnant brain … or lack of sleep … or constant fixation on food … but at any rate, my memory of Caden’s first year is fluffy and peaceful, like the top layer of an uncut lemon meringue pie.

My husband, Cameron, remembers otherwise. Sure, we have about 697 pictures of Caden sleeping serenely. But, according to Cam, those snoozes were bookended by bouts with reflux, screaming fits, and a scowling baby-gaze that let us know our funny noises and faces were not really that funny.

Cameron is also good enough to remind me about the other side of having a newborn—the job it does on your body, that is. There’s the initial stage of wanting to sit on a pillow for weeks, followed by breasts that either won’t produce fast enough or switch right to overflow.

There’s also the phase of waiting out your belly shrinkage while dealing with people who say, “How sweet, when are you due?” They never look sorry enough when you tell them there’s no bun in the oven.

But I only remember the bliss. That’s why it’ll be a riot this time around to record what really happens with a new baby before the memories start to cloud.

And, if you’re going through the same thing, you can take comfort in knowing there’s someone else out there, scratching her head and furrowing her brow in an effort to figure out how to raise a tiny new little person.

One other thing I can promise is a fresh take on all the options we new parents have. From stately cribs to sleep-sharing, cloth diapers to disposables, and homemade baby food to quick-purchase glop, I’ll be trying it all.

I look forward to connecting with you here and invite you to post your comments, questions, and even words of advice if you have them to give. I’ll respond as soon as my busy-mom lifestyle permits!

Thanks for stopping in, and good luck with your own little one!

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