Today is June 18. Henry’s original due date. But, he had other plans and has already spent more than three weeks with us.
And the last three weeks? They have been the most
weeks of my life. Ever.
Who knew that keeping this little human alive, fed, changed, clean and (mostly) happy would be so much work?
You didn’t tell me that. Or if you did, I didn’t listen.
That’s been my biggest lesson in our world with Henry. That life is now bigger than just what I want.
The last twenty four days …
- We’ve changed approximately 235 diapers (an accomplishment for two diaper-changing newbies).
- We’ve introduced Henry to our closest friends and family members and saw them love him nearly as much as we do.
- We’ve learned the origami that is the Moby wrap.
- We’ve come to the realization that new parents aren’t lying when they said newborns are a lot of work.
- We’ve swaddled and rocked and walked and sang and shhhhed and swang to try to help Henry fall sleep.
- We’ve made four trips to the money pit that is Babies R Us. Pretty much more times than we’ve been there. Ever.
- We’ve spent three afternoons walking the river.
- We’ve explored the neighborhood with the stroller and pugs in tow.
- We’ve walked the mall corridors when it was too hot outside.
- We’ve laughed at his goofy facial expressions, sleepiness and squirminess.
- We’ve changed clothes at least four times each day (more for Henry).
- We’ve done more loads of laundry than we ever imagined possible (the days of once-a-week laundry are behind us).
- We’ve decided that all that baby gear is kind of worth the clutter.
- We’ve learned that it takes at least twice as long to get out of the house with a baby (sometimes longer).
- We’ve Googled so many parenting questions that we’re thinking we should have named him after the popular search engine.
- We’ve watched as he grows and starts to take in the world around him.
- We’ve crashed into bed in sheer exhaustion. Then, we’ve gotten up an hour later when he
screamedbeckoned for us.
- We’ve stared at him for hours, in wonder.
- We’ve loved this baby boy. More than we ever imagined.
I can’t imagine the past 24 days without Henry. He was meant to join us in May. And I’m looking forward to the next 24 days and the next 24 years with our son.