Before I had Creed, I decided I would do everything I could to really enjoy his newborn days. My last baby had colic and I felt as if I was merely surviving. I don’t know that I ever truly enjoyed his early days. (That little colicky boy is 2 now and such a joy that we’ve all forgotten those months he spent screaming.)
This time, knowing I really wanted to soak up those early days because they are gone so very quickly, I told myself I had to be intentional and focused. I could not let those days accidentally slip by and then wonder where they went. So, here are a few of the things I’ve done in the 11 days since Creed’s birth to purposely enjoy his newborn sweetness.
I marvel at God’s handiwork. I often just sit and stare at Baby Creed. I gaze into his dark eyes, trace his chubby cheeks, comb his brown hair, play with his long fingers, and kiss each of his tiny toes. He is amazing and quite a testimony to an amazing Creator!
I take a lot of photos and share them! Newborns naturally lend themselves to massive amounts of photos, but the second part of this is nearly as important as the first. Part of truly enjoying my little one is getting to share him with others. I snap photos on my iPad to send to Daddy during the day. I post pictures on Facebook and send photos to others via email. And yes, Creed is the star of the blog these days (in case you couldn’t tell 😉 ).
We are making memories. I’m purposely cementing in my mind all those special moments like when our oldest daughter snuggles in close to her new baby brother and whispers how much she loves him. Or when the toddler calls his little brother “Baby Guy.” Or when the 4 year old kisses Creed’s cheeks and says, “I hope he stays fresh.” These memories will someday be part of Creed’s story.
I am remembering these early days are not about me. When my first child was born, I got caught up in scheduling him and making sure I didn’t have to change much about my lifestyle with his addition. I quickly realized I was forever changed with his birth and every subsequent birth since his. Nothing would ever be the same and I had to stop being selfish if I really wanted to enjoy motherhood.
I see so many mothers stress over those early days when baby isn’t sleeping at night and they feel as if they can’t go on much longer. When my 2nd child was born, I learned to embrace those middle of the night feedings and the fact that she wanted no one but me. I found ways to enjoy those moments rather than waste time complaining about them.
With Creed, I have a comfy chair, an iPad app that plays lullabies (SleepySounds), an oversized receiving blanket swaddling my little boy, and the mindset that these days are precious. I am soaking up every second…even those middle of the night ones.
What do you do to enjoy those newborn days?