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?