Let me start off by saying my transition into motherhood was rocky at best. Thinking about the newborn stage would often make me shudder, as it was heavily marked by depression, anxiety, and insomnia with my first-born. I knew with my second child things would be different, but I didn’t know how different.
Here are 10 things I understand now about the newborn stage this time around:
1. The days are long but the years are short.
I am still in the thick of the sleep deprivation phase. I can’t remember the last time I slept straight through the night, and most of my thoughts revolve around sleep. My days and my moods are affected by how much the baby sleeps, and in turn, how much I sleep. Have I told you that I so dearly miss sleep? With my first, each day felt like an eternity, and so you can imagine how long three months felt if I could barely get through each day. With my second, I am still exhausted (even more so with a toddler in my care as well) , but I know this is just a stage and it too shall pass. I know the “light at the end of the tunnel” exists, even if I can’t see it yet. And the years fly by . . . so I am just trying to savor this stage as best as I can, even in all of my sleep-deprived glory.