Monthly Archives: October 2013

Bon Voyage, Bubby and Grandpa!

We have been so incredibly lucky to have my mom and stepdad, AKA Bubby and Grandpa, here with us since September 24th. They have been helping with cooking, cleaning, laundry, doctor visits, and our general adjustment to being new parents. Today they are leaving on a wonderful around-the-world adventure! I am so excited for them but they will definitely be missed! It has been so wonderful having them here for these first few weeks of Jonas’s life. I am so happy they came, not only so that he could experience them as a newborn, and so they could spend time with him when he is so little, but because this time with them has been so special for me. I love you, Mommy and Richard, and I am so happy Jonas has you as grandparents!bubbygrandpajonas


What Jonas Has Taught Me So Far- Life With A Newborn

I’ve been Jonas’s mom for almost five weeks now, and here are some of the things he’s taught me.

If Something Works, Do NOT Change What You Are Doing

Holding your baby with your left arm, singing the first verse of Baby Beluga, and patting his back in half time? Is your baby calm? Do NOT switch arms. Do NOT decide to try the second verse. Do NOT up the patting. Don’t even THINK about trying The Farmer In The Dell. Even if that worked last night. Stick with what is working now and take a deep breath.

Your Baby is Probably Fine

We’ve gone to both of our baby’s doctor appointments so far with a big list of questions– some of which we thought were about potentially serious issues. Heavy breathing and a sweaty forehead made us worried about a heart condition. Red spots that came and went convinced us our son had a serious allergy to something in the house, probably the cats, and we’d have to get rid of them. Turns out heavy breathing and a sweaty forehead are sometimes just heavy breathing and a sweaty forehead. Newborn skin is sensitive. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t ask your doctor about these things or make an appointment if you are concerned. It’s just that those appointments are probably scheduled so frequently at the beginning because the doctors save time answering new parents’ questions all at once instead of having them call four times a day in a panic.

Your Baby Probably Has Every Common Newborn Thing Ever

Yes, I know I just said your baby is probably fine. There is probably nothing major wrong with him or her. But your baby will probably also have every weird newborn thing that exists. Haven’t heard of cradle cap? You will be rubbing various oils on your head by week 3. Just add it to the routine after massaging the clogged tear duct. Also, check your kid’s neck flaps. Look a layer deeper than you thought existed and you’ll probably find a gross cheesy rash.

The Common Newborn Things Aren’t That Bad

You might feel like cradle cap, baby acne, goopy eyes make people think you are a neglectful parent with a dirty baby. Any parents will understand. Most other people probably won’t notice. Babies are adorable, and that is mostly what people see when they look at one.

It’s Not All Or Nothing

It seems like people are in one of two camps. There are “You’re tired, but cherish these moments. You will miss them and they grow up so fast” people and there are the hip, “It is ok not to cherish these moments. These moments are really hard and that is ok!” people. When Jonas was first born, I had a really hard time adjusting to the lack of sleep. Like thinking my body was going to stop functioning hard time. I told my husband that I felt bad because I knew he would only be little like this for a little bit and I wanted to really be present and enjoy it and he said “It’s not ALL enjoyable!” and I realized both of these sentiments can coexist. I can simultaneously love spending time with this little adorable person we made and hate being exhausted. I don’t have to pick.

Every Day Is Different

What Jonas likes one day is not necessarily what he will like the next. His schedule is changing every day as he learns new things about the world and grows and changes. I’m looking forward to all the new things I’ll learn.


Welcome, Jonas Wesley!!


Jonas Wesley


7:12 pm

8 pounds, 3 oz.

19.5 inches