The Newborn Experience
We have friends with a one-week-old and they're going through all the classic, hard-as-hell, newborn baby things -- no sleep, bad latch, lots of crying (both baby and mama) and constant worry. No matter how many times we try to tell them, "We understand. No really. WE UNDERSTAND." I don't think they believe us. Now they only see us as parents of a (almost) toddler. They see us laughing while our son says "uh oh" and claps his hands and plays on his little piano and they think, "They're so relaxed. Their baby is so happy. They have no idea what this is like." Oh grasshopper. You have so much to learn.
I'm writing this right now not only for the new parents, but because I want to remember every 2 a.m. feeding, every moment of overwhelming stress, every poop explosion and lost paci. I think I've figured something out. God gives you amnesia once it's all over. It's the only way I can understand how people have multiple children. And my son's almost one... And he's getting so big... And newborn babies are so cute... And little...