What I’ve Learned: 1 Month Old

On Wednesday, April 6th, baby Ringl turned 1 month old!  I know, I can’t believe it either. This whole experience has been so surreal. I have no idea how a month has already passed…

Sarah at 1 Month

These bloomers were a gift from my Aunt Vicci. Each month I’m going to snap a photo of her in these bloomers so we can watch her cute bum grow, and hopefully one day fit in them.

For Sarah’s monthly photo post I am going to borrow the style of my “What I’ve Learned” posts and adapt them from pregnancy tidbits to baby bits. Yes, the exciting saga continues. I hope you enjoy the start of this new series.

  1. Babies poop, A LOT!
  2. Newborns eat every 2-3 hours for the first few weeks. If you think about that then you will realize that means you have to wake every 2-3 hours to feed the baby. Fun fact, after 2 weeks the sleep deprivation starts to feel normal :)
  3. When you have a child there is no such thing as too many pictures.
  4. You can’t swaddle a baby too tight. Sarah is a magician at finding a way to get her arms loose, except with 1 brand of blanket: The Miracle Blanket. It’s amazing!
  5. I was an idiot for complaining about being uncomfortable while sleeping at the end of my pregnancy. At least I was getting sleep! I will never take advantage of 3 hours of uninterrupted sleep again.
  6. We are lucky enough to have both of our parents nearby. I seriously don’t know how people do it without the help of their moms. If you have had a baby with long-distance parents than my hat is off to you!
  7. There is nothing better in life than cuddling with your baby while they nap. It’s the best feeling in the world.
  8. I have become one of those parents that congratulates their baby for making a good ‘poopey in their diaper’. I don’t know how it happened, but baby talk just kinda happens, especially while changing diapers.
  9. If you are going to have a baby learn as MUCH as possible about breastfeeding (before you have your baby) as you can! This has got to be my #1 piece of advice for all moms-to-be.
  10. Their isn’t anything more attractive than seeing a man dote over his child. Seriously, it’s beautiful, sweet, encouraging, and sexy, all at the same time!
  11. Having a baby is the biggest conversation starter in the world. In the store, at the bank, anywhere you go people are friendlier and almost always talk to you.
  12. Anytime you leave the house it looks like you are going on vacation. There is no such thing as “rushing out the door” anymore.
  13. Getting a shower has become a privilege, not a priority. Thankfully I’m not doing anything to really get smelly or dirty, but if I get a shower every 2-3 days I consider myself lucky (I’d rather nap with those 15 minutes anyways!)
  14. You don’t need to worry about me being smelly, the seldom showering is very common it just isn’t something mom’s normally mention to people  ;)
  15. While pregnancy hormones are intense, I cried more the 2 weeks after having Sarah than in all my life added together. Post-baby hormone fluctuation is INTENSE!
  16. You can never travel with too many diapers, but you can travel with too little. Don’t let the latter happen.
  17. While my birth plan didn’t go as I’d hoped, I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. Once you have that precious baby in your arms the rest is forgotten.
  18. I have 20 pounds to lose but don’t feel rushed in the slightest. Having an encouraging, loving, and selfless husband is the best thing a woman could ever hope for!

That’s all I’ve got for month 1. I’m sure I could think of a lot more, but it’s late and Sarah actually fell asleep so I’ve gotta grab some zzz’s while I can.


4 Thoughts on “What I’ve Learned: 1 Month Old

  1. Nicole McKenzie on April 8, 2011 at 8:17 am said:

    You are turning into one wise mama and I will put all these tips into consideration when I’m ready to have one :)

  2. Rebekah on April 8, 2011 at 11:49 am said:

    Yeah, I’m totally taking notes. :)

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