What I’ve learned about motherhood so far:
Fact: You will eventually, for the first time ever, successfully put your baby down in the middle of the night with zero fuss.
Fact: You won’t believe it’s true so you will sit in the dark eating peanut butter crackers while eyeing her suspiciously.
Fact: She will stay calm and asleep and softly and adorably coo.
Fact: You are super mom! You are clearly older and wiser than you were 5 days ago.
Fact: You will then smile to yourself and quietly tiptoe to the bathroom where you will proceed to drop your iPhone and it will clatter loudly on the tile floor, prompting her to scream like a banshee.
6 lbs. 10 oz, 20 inches, big brown eyes, and a head full of hair – our sweet Sofia has arrived and we are so in love! The last two weeks have been filled with happy tears, sleepy eyes, and lots and lots of diapers.
Contractions started late on a Tuesday night and continued on through the week before they were close enough together to be admitted to the hospital. We grabbed our hospital bag that had been sitting on our bedroom floor for 8 weeks, loaded up the car, and held hands as we made the silent drive to the labor and delivery unit. With each contraction, with each consciously slow inhale and exhale, the anticipation of finally meeting this child for whom we had prayed – this little baby that had consumed our thoughts and our hearts all year long – was high.
You can read every book, ask a million questions, listen to the stories of those around you, but there’s nothing that can prepare you for the moment when you hear your baby’s first cry and feel the weight of her on your chest. You count her ten little fingers and ten little toes and you watch her wrap her little hand around your finger and you know in that moment you will do everything to always keep her safe and happy.
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” Psalm 139:13-14