Wil arrived a week ago.
The Coles notes version is an ‘easy’ labour: we arrived at the hospital at 8am, I was in the labor pool at 9am and I pulled Wil out of the water and onto my chest at 9:54am.
I’ll save you from the longer version that starts at noon the previous day and involves a lot of lunges and watching Vampire Diaries on Netflix for three hours in the middle of the night through strong but very far apart contractions.
We are officially on baby time here. Early to bed and it takes up to an hour to get ready to leave the house with feedings and diaper changes.
Our home also has the new baby look to it. The living room is ‘decorated’ with my breastfeeding pillow, a basket of cloth diapers and a stack of very small onesies and sleepers.
I love it.
All of it.
I’m tired but the floppy newborn snuggles and 4am rounds of wakeful eye contact from a five day old boy more than make up for it.
Random thoughts on keeping it simple from this first week:
- Little socks work well as scratch mittens and to keep a winter baby’s hands warm.
- If your mother is there to help, let her. Even when I say, oh don’t bother with that, she does it and I have to say, it’s nice. Our dishwasher is emptied before I can get to it and the laundry has been magically hung to dry before I remember to check if a load is done.
- Every meal cooked from scratch is a victory.
Thanks for the well wishes and the understanding with the long stretch of quiet on this blog. I’ll be posting more regularly in the coming weeks with interviews I’ve been saving and guest posts.
For now, check out this article from a mom who is vowing to spend nothing on her two year old for the next year.
This “minimalist mom” says she will buy second hand clothes, no new toys and stop buying prepackaged toddler snacks.
Is that extreme?
We already buy less and buy second hand most of the time. I rarely buy prepackaged snacks and we shop second hand for a lot of things. Santa sourced Brio train pieces off of Ebay last year and I bought new to us Clark shoes (retailed for $60, bought for $5) when Henry went through a growth spurt. Our snacks on the go are sliced cheese, raisins and pieces of fruit that I cut up or dole out into containers for portability.
Is that minimalism or just common sense ways to save a few dollars and be kinder to the earth?