What I Do Not Like About Babies

Posted 06-21-2012 at 08:06 AM by Krista

As we are planning to expand our family I am thinking a lot lately about newborns. My husband thinks that it is a big undertaking, starting over at the newborn phase. We are both pretty excited about it, even though I know it will be a lot of work.

It’s funny, when most people think of babies they think of lullabies and lambs—OK, most of those people probably haven’t had a baby yet, or had one in twenty years or more. How can I be so certain? Because you and I both know that babies are messier, yuckier, and less cute than they are often portrayed.

There is no denying that babies are adorable, and to have one is to be blessed. However, they are also cranky, and loud (oh, my! Have you ever wondered how such a tiny thing can scream so loudly?!) and needy. If I asked the average person what their least favorite thing was about infants, what do you think their answer would be? I imagine some would mention colic, or changing dirty diapers. The lack of sleep and spit up.

For my husband, it’s the fact that infants are, in his words, boring. “They just don’t do anything!” he has been known to say.

For me, I hate the fear. I feel like the threat of SIDS is always in the back of my mind, hanging like an invisible boogie man that I can’t stop. To me, there is nothing worse than the idea of losing a child. Often with my two daughters I would feel the need to go check on them, and yet I would hesitate in fear of going in and waking them. That internal debate with myself gets even worse depending on how little sleep I am getting!

On the less serious side, I guess the other thing that I don’t like is the onesies with “cute” sayings that other people give, things that I’d never have my child wear! For example, “What Happens at Grandmas” I am not a fan of that saying. Or “my mom is hot”. And I (and probably you) have seen others much worse. I don’t know why, but onesies like that bug me.

What about you? Is there anything you aren’t fond of in the infant stage?

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One Response to “What I Do Not Like About Babies”

  1. mountainmommy on June 22nd, 2012 12:22 pm

    I have 3 wonderful children DD#1 10, DS 6, & New DD 8 months. Before becoming pregnant the 3rd time, I had mentally blocked out the following: Terrible Morning Sickness, Pregnancy Mood Swings ( I turn into a Rageing B*#@%) & Labor. I had preterm labor and landing on bedrest…really hard on DH more than me, since he had to do Everything. He couldnt work enough because he was helping me before and after the birth, so we are broker than broke after the order.

    After an Amazing Home Birth :), I had a tough time nursing her the first month…it hurt and I wanted to quit. Nursing got easier and she nurses constantly.

    Sleep deprivation, constant demands and excaustion has left both of us really drained. Our relashonship really neglected because Baby Girl needs our attention all the time.

    I wouldn’t change any of it for the world, having a baby is supposed to be hard or we would all have hundreds of kids! We had an amazing birth, DH caught Baby Girl! As a couple, we bonded immensely through the process.

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