Saturday, August 18, 2012

Thoughts on motherhood - newborns

We've been away for a few days meeting my gorgeous new little nephew. It's so lovely holding a newborn, there's no other feeling like it in the world, don't you think?

And even though holding him made me feel a little clucky (though we are definitely finished as far as babies are concerned :-) it also gave me flashbacks of what a tumultuous time that first year was for me with each baby. All those new things to learn and stress about and wonder if I was doing right or not. The crying, the lack of sleep, not knowing what to do on so many occasions and for so many issues was daunting to say the least. I so hope that my brother and sister in law have an easier time of early parenthood than we did, but I can't really do anything constructive to help them I guess, they just have to get through it like everyone else does. And who knows, they may have one of those miracle babies who sleeps all night, feeds well and is not fussy!

I hope that in years to come the tough memories recede and I can mainly recall the lovely positive stuff. Because obviously overall it's great, and I don't mean to sound ungrateful at all for the amazing children that I have. 

Look at that little hand, it's a miracle :-)

And on a crafty note, have a look at that beautiful little cardigan made by a friend of my mum's who also made us lots of goodies for our babies when they were born. Just lovely. And I enjoyed making him a pair of slippers and blanket with his name on (forgetting to take photos of course!). I also made my SIL a nappy (diaper) bag that I'll blog about this week.

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In non-baby goings on, I went to an amazing event the other night, the ABCD meet-up for art, design and craft bloggers, run by the ladies from Bondville and The Red Thread. It was outstanding! I came away later that night so full of thoughts and ideas that I couldn't get to sleep! So many issues that I'd been thinking about recently were discussed and I met so many interesting women. So thank you Steph and Lisa. I can't wait for the next one!


  1. Oh I so needed to read this post tonight.
    I am so romanticising the newborn thing at the moment and I need a dose of realism quick smart. No new babies here either I'm afraid but it doesn't stop me yearning. xx

  2. Look at that teeny tiny hand! So sweet! Yes, it's definitely a bit overwhelming - the sense of responsibility is pretty intense. After having Maggie, I was feeling so good I was like, we could have ten kids! Haha. That's what happens when you have a really easy birth, I guess, because I sure didn't feel that way after Joe was born. But then I remembered how hard it is to actually PARENT children and I came to my senses. It's a new challenge, pretty much every single day.

    But newborns smell so freaking good, right?

  3. My blood pressure still goes up at the thought of having another newborn, although we are thinking of having another one soon. I figure nothing can be as bad as the first one was. The best thing we ever got to 'help' was some frozen meals, with instructions written on the top of how to cook them. Great for baby brain!

  4. It was so great to meet you Jo! So glad we had the chance to have a chat :) See you at the next abcd meet-up. Steph


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