October 29, 2009

Before and After

Before: A family of two: B and I (14 weeks pregnant) enjoying an evening out this past spring.


After: A family of three. Bradley (in costume), Mac (3 weeks) and I make an appearance at Trunk or Treat to support our small group.

(See here for more pictures at the Gaymons' blog. Try to find me and B hiding in the first shot! Our "redneck fishermen" did a great job giving out candy.)

Don't worry about Mac: the festival was outside, no one touched him and we were gone in a flash. I think the fresh air did us good!

Before: I needed eight and a half hours of sleep (in one stretch!) to feel fully rested. Seven and a half was pushing it, but I could cope.
After: Ha ha ha. Really... If I get eight hours of sleep in a 24 hour period, I'm amazed. And it comes in tiny little bits - but I'll take it!

Before: I drank 90 ounces of water a day (Mac must have been floating in there!) and hit the ladies' room at my office more times an hour than anyone should.
After: If I have time to swig a glass of water daily, I'm impressed. Who knew tiny babies could keep you so busy?

Before: I rolled my eyes at people who told me to sleep when the baby sleeps. That must be the most popular piece of advice to give pregnant ladies.
After: I get it. I totally get it. And I understand why people preach it - the laundry, the dishes, the dusting, the watching-your-adorable-baby-sleep - everything gets in the way. Napping when your baby naps could save your sanity. Still working on this...

Before: I waddled to the bathroom multiple times a night.
After: I wake up, incoherent, at Mac's bassinet multiple times a night. Where am I, who's crying and why? It takes a moment to figure it out...this baby must think I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed!

Before: I could have broken our digital camera, I was so against photographing my ever-growing self.
After: I have that same camera in my hands ten times a day, photographing a cute expression or a sweet sleeping baby.

Before: I didn't sympathize with people who lamented about crying babies. If you know they're full, dry and safe, put them down and know you've done your best, right? You can't win 'em all.
After: Again. Ha ha ha. Oh, judgmental Anne. How little you knew about the every-nerve-tells-me-to-fix-him instinct that kicks in when it's your baby.

Before: I loved, loved, loved babies.
After: I love, love, love this boy. Crying, screaming, middle of the night - doesn't matter. I'm amazed at what love (and a little Diet Coke!) has gotten me to do this first month of his life. Give up sleep? Sure! Skip Grey's Anatomy to take 1,000 photos? Absolutely. Pass on blogging because your brain is entirely consumed by feeding, changing, sleeping? Mmm-hmm.

Before: I pictured our son as a beautiful baby boy with a headful of dark hair.
After: I could never have imagined anyone this cute (or this light-haired) being related to me!

Before: I loved my parents.
After: I owe them more thank you notes than my still-numb-from-pregnancy hands could ever write. Who knew how much they did for us when we were little - and to this day?!

Before: I laughed at the hundreds of diapers our lovely friends gave us at baby showers.
After: I worry our son may develop a pack a day (diaper) habit. Whew! Best gift ever, y'all! It really is insane how many they go through. I guess "they" were right all along.

A final thought from Babyland: As busy as everyone is, might I recommend Mac's daily afternoon siesta? He sure looks peaceful - wonder how good we'd feel if we could manage to do the same?
Back to non-baby topics soon, I promise, though the Mac updates won't stop. It's hard to think about much else besides him these days! Thanks for all the love, prayers and good wishes - keep 'em coming!


The Gaymons said...

Isn't it amazing how your entire thought process does a complete 180 in just a few weeks?!

Little Mac is still a whole lot of adorable! You are looking fabulous as well, Anne! And, let's not leave Bradley out...fatherhood looks good on him. Looking forward to catching up with you guys soon!

Stephanie said...

Love this blog entry -- it's all so true! It's amazing how quickly you realize you don't know it all and at the same time how much you learn every single day! Mac is so, so sweet and we can't wait to meet him! Take care of yourself and really do try to get some naps in during the day -- I miss not being able to take naps during the day now that I'm back at work!

MatersandMelons said...

Funny how things change once you meet your own sweet baby, isn't it? He is a beautiful boy (even though you aren't supposed to say boys are beautiful...)!

Anonymous said...

I love this post... what wisdom you have after a few weeks- it gives me hope that I too will be able to do this one day :). Miss you all and love to all! E

Anonymous said...

I love this post... what wisdom you have after a few weeks- it gives me hope that I too will be able to do this one day :). Miss you all and love to all! E

Traci Theodore said...

So cute Anne. By the way, I have heard "Remix to Ignition twice on the radio over the past few weeks (random) and can't help but think of us on the Cat Bus. I can't wait to meet Baby Mac. (Just promise me that as he grows bigger that his nickname doesn't change to Big Mac) :-) I am wanting to start a blog. Have the name set but can't figure out how to make it look cute. Can you give me some direction if you get a free moment when you don't need to catch some z's?

Rachel said...

You have such a CUTE baby boy! What a precious little guy :)


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