They say you forget the pains of labor once you see your beautiful baby. I’d like to correct that statement; its not that you forget, its that once they hand you the most precious being in the world, you know the pain was a small price for such a beautiful bundle.
I never really put much thought about what it would be like once I became a mother, probably because I am mothering by nature. Now that I have my own precious little ninja I know how much I love it, and how much I love her. I love the little sounds she makes when she sleeps, her squeals when she’s frustrated, and even her hysterical cries when she’s hungry. I’d always thought before I’d had a baby that I’d wish the newborn days would pass swiftly, but the reality is I cherish every minute I have with her. I want to hold her in my arms forever and kiss her kicking feet. And yes, now that she’s out of me I laugh when those little ninja feet go crazy. Its strange to think she's only been around a short time, cuz it feels like she's always been a part of our family.
On the recovery side of things, I never realized having a baby is actually a trauma to your body. I ignorantly thought that it’s just natural and normal and that maternity leave was to adjust to the sleepless nights the baby’s schedule brings. Well, it is natural, but there needs to be recovery time for mama and baby needs to build up her immunity so she has a fighting chance in our disease riddled world. Squeezing a child out of you takes awhile to recover from. I will get a spurt of energy and do a load of laundry, and then have to go lie down for a few hours to recover. This is why I’m super grateful for my awesome mama who flew out to help with the baby, and also managed to act as a merry maid and meal service, as well as a home organizer and baby expert. I may just have to hire a maid after she leaves, although hired help couldn’t hold a candle to the incredible changes she’s done, or the priceless advice she gave. Gotta love mamas, we are quite awesome because we inherited it from the mothers who came before us.