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What I've Learned From Having A Newborn

When I was in my final weeks of pregnancy, I was as calm, cool, and collected as one can be knowing they are about to meet their child. I had just spent 3 months with my twin sister and her newborn, so I thought I had the whole newborn thing in the bag. Cocky... so cocky. What I quickly learned upon meeting my son was that I didn't, in fact, know everything. My nephew is as close to mine as you can get without actually being mine, but there is still something completely different when it's your kid. It's like any previous experience and expectations go out the window in a matter of seconds. So what have I learned?

Keeping it real... co-parenting is hard. Parker and I were both raised in loving, Christian homes, but we were both raised very differently. Naturally, we both gravitate to the type of parenting that was done on us. Now I realize right now we are not as much raising our son as we are just keeping him alive, but the differences still apply. We put an emphasis on different things, and what one parent thinks is no big deal, the other thinks actually is a big deal. We are both coming from a place of love for our son, but that doesn't mean it isn't tough when you don't agree on the right way to do things. On the flip side, I will say I am glad we don't agree on everything. We each bring a different perspective to the table and can learn from each other. Co-parenting is hard, but it's also a blessing.

I am fiercely protective. I mean I'm a mom, so I knew I was going to be protective, but this is on another level. Most people know to wait to be asked if they want to hold the baby, which I really appreciate. When someone has tried to take the baby from my hands, I don't handle that well. You have this perfect little baby that is yours, and having him snatched out of your hands without permission is just really overwhelming. There is also a very small list of people I am comfortable leaving him with at this stage. Basically, if my mom lived closer, we'd be set. I know I will chill out as time goes on, but I am so protective over this little life that grew inside me. 

It's a different kind of love. I knew I was going to love my kid, but I had no idea the depth at which I was capable of loving him. It's just a different kind of love that's unlike anything I have ever experienced. Ryan Reynolds said it best in an interview with David Letterman. "I love my wife more than anything in the world and would take a bullet for her. Then the second I looked in my baby's eyes, I knew in that exact moment that if we were ever under attack, I would use my wife as a human shield to protect that baby". Parker and I laugh about that quote all the time. I love Parker more than anything, but this kid of mine... there are no words. It's a different kind of love. 

Life Lately

I know things have been pretty quiet around the blog as of late (hello, life with a newborn!), but I wanted to pop in and share a little life lately in our neck of the woods. It's pretty much all things baby over here, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

Obviously having a brand new baby puts a temporary stop on social outings, but my friends have been so wonderful in planning activities that my son and I can be involved in. So thankful for these girls. It's really fun seeing your friends love your baby!

My family visited for a week, and it was so amazing having them here! The main reason for the visit was of course to love on the baby, but my sisters and I took a quick trip to watch Parker fly. When in Virginia!

My parents are the best grandparents to our sweet baby. It's so fun seeing them in the grandparent role! Grammy and Grandpa looks good on them!

Parker and I went on our first post-baby date night! With our son being so little, I am not ready to leave him with anyone, but Grammy is the exception and made me feel so at ease leaving him for a few hours. Parker and I had the best time!

Our first date night was of course sushi! Give me all the raw fish, please! It was seriously delicious, and I could eat that stuff every day. I waited 10 months for a plate full of sushi and man was it worth the wait!

Jenny has been such a trooper as we adjust to life as a family of four, but she unfortunately had a run in with bad luck this past week. She was playing with my neighbor's dog, and the dog's tag sliced through Jenny's ear. A couple of stitches later, she is going to be just fine. Very thankful she is going to be okay, but talk about a freak accident! Poor girl has been coping with lots and lots of peanut butter. ;)

My new favorite thing is baby wearing! We took a little family trip to the driving range to watch Parker hit golf balls and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. 

That's life lately!


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