I have started to truly realize and embrace the beauty of the newborn stage of life. It is so hard right after birth to really take all of it in. Instead you focus on the sleep deprivation, the pain from after labor, the stress, the up and down emotions, and the worries of keeping your sweet precious alive. Throw breast feeding into that mix and a toddler and that is a whole new post in itself. However, life goes by so fast, and before you know it your emotions level out, breastfeeding is under control, and you gain more joy watching your toddler love on the baby than you ever thought possible. Life starts to become "normal" again, and even though it is a new normal, you begin to feel as though you are back on track. You don't have to spend all day every day cooped up in the house, and you actually gain the ability to take two under two out of the house like a champ. In fact, you may just have it mastered (thank God for the moby wrap). That is when you can truly step back and take in the magical moments of the newborn stage. Aww it is so bittersweet, and the love that you feel for that baby makes it seem as though your heart could just burst.
I have said it a million times before, and I will say it a million more, but there is nothing like watching your baby grow and learn. Your sweet precious goes from being this little newborn who is the most sleepy cuddle bug in the entire world, to a person before your very eyes. Anyone who is a mom has been there, and I think would agree with me when I say that there is nothing like the first time your baby smiles at you. Really truly smiles AT YOU. They are so happy to see your face, and they do not care that you talk baby talk to them, and repeatedly say "I gooo" in hopes that they soon will mimic you. All they care about is that you are mom, and that makes them happy enough. That first smile is one for the record books. It is a moment in time when all the pain, emotions, and stress from the newborn stage fall out the window, and you are frozen in time with you, your baby, and their smile. If I could only bottle that moment up to re-live it a thousand times.
Yes, there is something magical about my sweet little newborn, and I am so thankful to God for giving her to me.