Ten Best Things About a Newborn
I think babies and parenting are getting a bum rap these days among young professionals. I’m not a scholar like this guy
so I won’t rattle off any studies, polls, or data, but anecdotally, I know a lot of my peers aren’t thinking of having kids until they get their life straight, travel, and all that – which usually means around their mid-30s. In Korea, I’ve heard that young people aren’t interested in being tied down to one person let alone procreating with one individual. For my friends, the reasons for not going forth and multiplying are usually:
- The lack of sleep (it’s true: newborns typically feed every 3 hours, so you won’t be sleeping a full 6-8 hours)
- Kids are too expensive (they can be)
- I don’t want stretch marks and birth seems traumatic (after reading my birth story post, I quipped to some of them that they probably upped their birth control dosage)
- You can’t travel with kids (you can, but it can be a challenge)
- I can’t deal with the crying (Yeah…that part kind of sucks)
- Are you kidding? I don’t want to get pooped or peed on (Yeah, that’s not cute either)
- I’m focused on my career (sadly, some of their careers aren’t going anywhere or they hate their job, so maybe they’re not focusing hard enough? :-P)
And there are other reasons too, but those are the most common ones I get from friends. Today, I’m here to give newborns their due. And with D2 now approaching the 3 week mark, all of these are fresh in my memory and I’m gonna miss ’em like crazy when she gets bigger. So here goes.
Ten Things I Love About Newborns, or, Why Lack of Sleep Isn’t so Bad
- You feel like you won something or made a huge achievement when you soothe or burp a newborn – I complain I never win anything; with soothing and burping, I’m a winner multiple times a day
- Their cute sneezes and HUGE yawns
- The funny face they make when they shart
- The soft skin and hair, and the fuzzy fur on their bodies
- The way their thighs and arms go from incredibly skinny, to having fat folds, to full-on Michelin man (the stink that can be housed in the fat folds however, are not so awesome)
- Cute little clothes and teeny, tiny diapers
- The way they smell – and their breath smells like butter
- The way they look at you with wide eyes and smile their toothless smile
- The look of sheer bliss when they finish feeding
- The way you become selfless to care for a mostly helpless being (and the fact that you hope they’ll do the same for you when you are smiling a toothless smile and wearing diapers)
This last one might be just me, but I LOVED biting D1’s cheeks – they were SO juicy.
For the parents out there, what about newborns were you most fond of? What do you miss now that they’re all big and not as cute anymore mature?