They Are Born Slugs...
You receive all kinds of advice when you're pregnant, "You better sleep now before you don't get to sleep" or "You better take some time as a couple because you won't get to for the next 18 years.." While all of this is grand and seemingly true, they fail to mention how terrible it will be.
The day we brought Oliver home was one of the scariest days of my life. Just making it to the house in the car was enough to give me a heart attack and have me spending another week in the hospital. I thought the scariness was over...I. WAS. WRONG! Do you know all of the scary stuff that can happen to your newborn? 1. HE CAN QUIT BREATHING. for no good reason. The doctor told us before we left that he could be laying in bed and quit breathing. There is nothing you can do or could have done to help them. How is that for telling a first time mom or any mom for that matter. 2. THEY CAN SUFFOCATE ON THEIR BLANKET. If you don't swaddle them...which lets be honest I could never swaddle him right. 3. HE CAN ROLL OFF THINGS.. Granted he has to be a couple months old to learn how to roll but that's assuming he doesn't suffocate or just quit breathing.
While all this scary stuff is happening you're also not getting enough sleep. Whoever thought one person could last on three hours of sleep a night was severely mistaken...you can but, you start having laughing fits then your husband thinks you've gone mad...it's no way to live. So take being scared almost 24 hours a day with little no sleep and then add in the fact that your child does absolutely nothing but cry and maybe smile in his sleep..what do you have? HELL. That's what you have.
Granted, my child was probably the cutest baby in the world. I know every parent says that but, mine is the real deal. His presence in my life was a whirlwind that I would never give up for a million years. He has been the greatest blessing in my entire life. Sometimes, even at ten months, I still stay up late just to watch him sleep and see his little smile during his dreams. Even though he was born pretty much a slug and I don't honestly understand how people like the newborn stage, he has been a miracle in his entire family's life. I'm just now getting a glimpse of the beauty of God's children through my own..