Little Miss Don’t-Know-It-All.

Since having Alice, I’ve been comparing her to Tom.

I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but it’s just that when I had Tom — that’s how I thought labor and delivery was.

That’s how I thought my recovery from labor and delivery was.

That’s how I thought infants were.

That’s how I thought I learned the best way to feed a baby was.

That’s how I learned to be the kind of mother I was.

When you have that one child — that’s all you have to go on.

So…I totally knew what to expect with Alice.

Except I didn’t.

Even though people tell you that children are different, you don’t really believe them.

I mean, how different can they be?

In my case?

Total. Opposites.

Labor and delivery?

With Tom I was sent to the hospital to be induced, so I had plenty of time to come home, pack my bags, wait for SIX HOURS for Kev to come home, call everyone, get everything ready and shed a few tears about leaving my dog.

Everyone was at the hospital when I had Tom the next afternoon.

It was pretty rad.

With Alice I started having contractions at home.  I thought they were mild.  Then they weren’t mild and OHMYGOD by the time I got to the hospital they were 2 minutes apart, I felt like I was going to die and 2 hours later I had her.

We were by ourselves at the hospital.

I barely had time to call my parents to even let them know I was in the hospital.

It was a painful kind of rad.

Recovery?

With Tom, my recovery took forever and kinda…sucked.

With Alice, it has been easy breezy and totally awesome.

Feeding an infant?

Tom wouldn’t breastfeed and I had a terrible time trying to pump milk for him and I didn’t sleep at all and it wasn’t fun.

Alice breastfed immediately.

Infants?

Tom was very active and energetic from the first moments.

That’s a nice mom way of saying: HE WOULDN’T SLEEP and HE CRIED A LOT!

Alice sleeps.

She only cries when she has to do something distasteful — like pooing.

(This is not to say I’m not still totally exhausted.  Oh newborns!  She’s so cute, though!!)

I mean — nothing about them is similar.

I *thought* I knew what I was getting myself into — but I didn’t.

What I didn’t know, was that I absolutely would love discovering how different my sweet babies are.

I love how unique they are from each other.

I love that I can already see bits of Alice’s little personality so soon.

And I love that seeing how Alice is, only shines a brighter light on how hilariously crazy Tom is.

And I love…

I love seeing my babies together.

I love seeing Kevin holding our little baby.

I love being Tom and Alice’s mom.

I feel very lucky.

And very happy.

And overwhelmingly crazy in love with my little family.

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2 Responses to Little Miss Don’t-Know-It-All.

  1. othervixie says:

    Awww – that is so sweet. How wonderful for you and your family. We are so lucky to see them all together and cannot wait to watch how they grow together.

  2. redkeeney says:

    awwwww…Adorable picture and I’m so glad Alice is a sleepy baby.. and an easy breast feeding baby… all of that. Precious.

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