December 13, 2011

10 Merry Things

hWhen you have a new baby in your home things slow way down. I mean, I knew they were going to, but I really had no idea. I literally didn't step one foot out of my home all weekend. Somedays are better than others. Somedays are a challenge. It's actually kinda nice to experience the holidays like this- getting to know my new baby and learning what real love and sacrifice for another person truly feels like. The slowness of it all gives me time to take in the really special moments. Here's a list of 10 of the merriest things going on right now -

1. Conor's parents were in town and helped me and baby tremendously! I don't know how I could ever tell his mom in words how much her help meant to me!
2. The other day I was kissing on Henry's cheek and he smiled and giggled. I know it seems early... newborn babies don't really smile and laugh at things but I swear he did. And boy did it melt my heart.
3. We have been brought meals in our home almost every night since we got home from the hospital. We even received an exceptional Sunday brunch - french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon and orange juice. It was a real treat.
4. Henry is healthy! This is something that I worry about constantly. You could definitely call me a germ-o-phobe. I thank heaven every night that he is healthy.
5. My parents are coming to town TONIGHT! They are flying here as I type this and it makes me want to shout for joy!
6. Walking past campus at night in shorts and a t-shirt and seeing all of the Christmas lights. Mele Kalikimaka! I love warm weather at Christmas.
7. Our beautiful friend Bethany (who was our labor and delivery nurse the night Henry was born) comes and visits me in my home to help me with nursing. I didn't know nursing was going to be one of the biggest challenges of my life and so far I think Bethany has saved my life (or at least my sanity) 50 million times.
8. My husband is superhuman. Yes, he is definitely learning how to be a new dad but he is so helpful and calming when I think I just can't do it anymore.
9. Wrapping Christmas presents! I love wrapping. I love it.
10. We have been watching old episodes of the TV show Cheers. The other night baby was sitting peacefully in his bouncer while Conor and I danced around him singing along to the theme song "Making your way in the world today takes everything you got. Taking a break from all your worries should would help a lot.... You wanna go where everybody knows your name!" The moment was so sweet I thought my heart would burst.
Cheers Theme Song by Cheers Theme on Grooveshark


Ashley said...

That is really sweet Erin, I can just picture that moment. Sometimes it's those that stick with us the most. Nursing is the pits seriously! People focus so much on the labor and delivery and leave out nursing which can be the most stressful for many including me! Hope it gets better, have fun with your family!!

The Tesimales said...

I love this post! So cute. I HATED nursing kalani for about two months. But then he stopped eating so much and I got the hang of it and I was glad I didn't quit cause I really wanted to sometimes. I remember once he started crying and I did too because i didn't want to nurse. Ha. Eventually it became a beautiful thing like everyone says it is but i remember hating it too. Good luck! It gets easier.

wer said...

Oh man he's such a cutie! I can't wait to hold him. I had dreams about you guys all night after chatting:)

Lindsay R said...

Congrats Jane! Your baby is adorable and I bet you are loving every minute of it. motherhood is change but beautiful change isn't it? Truly amazing. enjoy your babe.


Cassandra Marie said...

I love this list of yours! Happy holidays to you and your family :)

californiacheryl said...

I was so happy to be there to help last week. You are doing a GREAT job of being a mommy! I love you so much and miss you. I really miss holding little Henry!

Lily said...

Congratulations on your beautiful baby boy!

SARAH said...

How exciting to have Christmas and a healthy new baby at the same time!