And Then There Were Four

We're creating this blog because it's the cool thing to do when people are having a baby. Just kidding, really we already have a hard enough time keeping up with everyone we want to, and our lives are about to get even more wonderfully busy. We can't wait - and we want you guys to be able to share in it too, so we both plan on reporting on it. Read at your own risk, and hopefully you'll enjoy it!

Friday, July 9, 2010


There is nothing that can prepare you for being a parent. can read books, read articles online, babysit all you want, but nothing can prepare you. It's kind of like in my childbirth class when they made me clench my fist around a baggie full of ice cubes to simulate labor pain and practice breathing through "the pain." The baggie is similar to parenting books......only a faint glimpse of what is to come. When Eve was cursed with the pain of childbearing, it definitely was a doom greater than having a numb hand.

I was talking with friends today about parenting....answering many questions about everything from what kind of diaper pail we use, to epidurals, to co-bedding vs. crib bedding, to how to tend to the umbilical cord before it falls off. I realized while talking with them that before Ben actually came on the scene, I had little to no idea about newborn and infant care. But somehow, when he came out.....WaLa!! Maternal instinct kicks in and somehow you just know. Of course that doesn't mean that there weren't/aren't plenty of moments where I'm thinking "WHAT THE HECK??" Overall though....somehow all of a sudden you just know what to do when it's your kid.

I'm sure there will be times when Ben will look back and say "WHAT THE HECK???" and wonder what on earth his parents were thinking or doing. He'll wonder how he survived infancy and worse he'll survive the teenage years with such crazy parents. For example......took Ben to get his passport photo. Poor kid....will have this photo stuck with him until he's 10 :)

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