Complete the preparations for bed time: pajama selection, lotion(s) slathering, diaper change, and pajama application. Do not let his fussiness and repeated rubbing of the face and eyes lull you into a false sense of optimism.
The understanding that Mel was responsible for home and child care was so deeply ingrained in my understanding of family and contribution that I'd placed myself on a pedestal for doing something as simple as helping my wife with our baby in the night.
I didn't have formula, and I told her that. But I had something else. And so I offered the only thing I could, the only thing I had: My own milk.
I've seen you cringe just a little when someone says your child is lucky to have you. Because you know with all your being that it is the other way around.
Congratulations on your upcoming bundle (or bundles) of joy! No matter if this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, delivery day is always exciting and a bit nerve wrecking. As a mom of twins, and a mom who had a vaginal delivery with twins (yup!) I can tell you that I wish I had more information on the after birth procedure.
I am 8 months pregnant with my first child and have had people tell me some amazing things about pregnancy and having a baby. I have also had the pleasure of hearing some true gems from people who have said not so wonderful things.
I may not have gotten the birth of my dreams, but I did get the life of my dreams: one filled with excitement, joy, and more love than I ever imagined possible.
In an attempt to be the Friend Who Gives You Unsolicited But Useful Advice, here are some things you need to know if you have a C-section, courtesy of yours truly.
My children are two of the best things that have ever happened to me. They made me into a better person than I was. They bring me joy that I've never experienced before. When they smile and laugh, I do too. I can't help myself. I've never loved anyone the way I do these two.
The first poop in the bathtub. Bonus points if this occurs while you're bathing other siblings at the same time.
Right up until last week, I really convinced myself that once son number two had finished school, I was pretty much done as a parent. In 2022 I'd go back to my life as a 32-year-old, circa 2002.
I used to have plans! I used to have fun! Did this simply cease, due to my oven and bun? Pregnant women get tired, sure sometimes we're slow, But guys, that's not me! Where the fuck did you go?!
It may not have been your first thought when you looked at this picture of me at 39 weeks and two days pregnant, playing with my children in our backyard. But it's true.
The thrill of a successful trip to the potty rivals that of your first kiss, getting a work promotion and winning the lottery -- combined.
Here's my advice to those well-meaning "experienced" moms who just want to shake me when they see me frazzled in the grocery store, not exactly appreciating every moment.
A thorough search of the house has failed to turn up any of these books, but we're also missing one half of every pair of socks my son has ever owned from birth through age 3, so there's almost definitely a secret hiding spot somewhere that I haven't discovered yet.