It’s true. The first few days of a new baby’s life are truly the most magical. And I’m so grateful that this time around I am confident enough, aware enough, practiced enough (?) to really be able to enjoy them.
When Eleanor was born I was tired and a little overwhelmed (“what do I do now?!”) and way outside my element. Her first few days were somewhat of a blur, and while each day I enjoyed getting to know her I wasn’t aware of just how precious those early days are. This time around, with my little Oliver, I feel that I have the energy and ability to pay attention and really appreciate them for what they are- beautiful, fleeting moments of innocence.
For all new parents, or soon to be parents: (if you can manage) try to remember take a moment. Step back. And just watch your little one. Listen to their little noises; their squeaks and moans and cries. Watch them learn how to move their mouths, use their fingers. Watch them watch you- study you – get to know you. Smell them; their hair, their breath, their belly. They – your children and these moments – are amazing.