And thus far, our little Sydney is putting up with us and exhibiting tremendous tolerance for our blunders ...
(you know, like giving her the first sponge bath and getting soap in her eyes, oh dear ... we've already problem solved THAT little snag! And here's a shot from a successful bath with Grandma Jameson helping out!)
The first night was tough, we won't lie. And what we quickly realized during the successful nights since is that, as with so many things in life, attitude and mindset make all the difference. We would guess that most new parents carry, in the way-way-way back of their mind, a belief that "in time" things will return to "normal". 40-weeks of intentional preparation still doesn't quite pack the same wallop as that first night, when suddenly it becomes clear that the new normal is: this. And it's great and awesome and overwhelming and challenging all at once.
We have a little notebook in the nursery wherein we record the "ins and outs" of Sydney's day-to-day experiences. To make this little book more than just a physical rundown of Sydney's life, each night we take time to write down three things: today's beautiful moment, how Sydney grew today, and what Mommy and Daddy learned ... here are some highlights:
- We learned, "that when we take our time and are in the moment, there's no place we'd rather be. Our life won't go back - so much lies ahead."
- We learned, "That [we] each have given of ourselves for our family and we trust that the other knows it and loves them for it."
- We learned, "That we can't seem to beat the spit-up, no matter how hard we try, but we are determined to triumph yet!"
- We learned, "Too much stimuli and too many visitors leads to a long night for all! Help!"
- Finally, "Each day we learn more and more about working together ... and are stronger for it."