How can someone so small take up so much of your time?

It’s amazing.  He’s amazing.  For the first two weeks after we brought him home I felt as though I had been hit by a bus.  Every minute was spent taking care of him or helping my wife recover.  If I had a minute to rest, I usually fell asleep.  So here we were, tired as can be and all of this from someone 7lbs 6oz and 20″ long.  And on top of that he hardly even moves and sleeps a lot.  But he does require a lifestyle change on our part.  First, we’ve lost any type of sleep schedule we had.  He’ll be up until 11:30, then up again at 1:30 and 4:30.  Sometimes he’ll be up for an hour with us trying to rock him to sleep.   …and I thought I didn’t get much sleep before that…

BabyTIP:   To get your new baby to sleep, easily, buy a bouncer (we used the Itsy Bitsy Bouncer), swaddle your baby nice and snug and bounce your newborn gently.  My experience had our son falling to sleep within a few minutes.

The first two weeks seemed like the days blended together into one long day.  Second, we are going through diapers and formula like water.  He eats just about every two hours and we’re changing his diaper just about that much too.  We go through about 10 diapers a day and all 9 bottles.

BabyTIP: If you’re changing a baby boy’s diaper, place a tissue over his penis as soon as the diaper is removed.  Trust me.

But wow, he is surely amazing.  It was really neat trying to identify whose features he got.  I could tell he got my feet, that was easy to spot.  And it looked like he got my wife’s hands, her chin and possibly her mouth so that was cool too.  One feature he got was something called a Mongolian Spot.  The delivery doctor was sure to point that out within minutes of his birth.  Thank God he did or else we’d be wondering what the other was doing to him when we weren’t around.  The birthmark, that we hope goes away over the next few years, looks like bruising, all up his backside and a portion of his back.  Thankfully, he has no clue now, nor would he care.  Maybe when he’s 13, but not now.  We are sure to tell doctors and anyone that might see the birthmark, all about it so they don’t jump to any conclusions.

So, how can someone so small take up so much of our time?  It’s because we’re new parents.  By our next child’s birth, it will be much easier, hopefully.  We won’t have to figure out how to calm a crying baby, what or when to feed them, what clothes should they wear, what gear to we need, what do their little noises and cries mean, etc.  I came from a family with a good number of brothers and sisters.  I’m sure by the last few kids, my parents didn’t even have to think of what to do.  It probably came as second nature.  Hopefully we’ll figure this parenting thing out even sooner…

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