March 31, 2013

Oh Baby

So, I previously said the Sunday Linky Party would return today, but boy was I wrong. It's been a month since I gave birth to my adorable baby girl, Ari (her nickname), and while I thought I'd have more time during maternity leave to work on my blog, I clearly underestimated how much work taking care of a newborn would be. Aside from feeding her every 3 hours around the clock, I've spent the rest of the time eating, trying to sleep when she sleeps, and trying to sooth her crying. Luckily I'm extremely fortunate to have my mom help me with cooking and doing laundry when she isn't working. Also, I think my arms have become slightly more toned.

Other than occasionally complaining about how tired I am, I'm amazed at how much love I've felt for Ari. As a child, I wasn't interested in dolls. As a teenager through young adulthood, I didn't spend time imagining what my wedding or future family would be like because I frankly wasn't too fond of children and wasn't sure if I wanted to marry anyone (unless I met someone incredible who I would actually want to spend the rest of my life with. Gotta keep an open mind, I told myself. Surprisingly, it happened, and much earlier than anyone, especially my friends, anticipated. When I told my mom I was getting married, she gave me a very confused look and said, "Are you sure?"). I assure you that my parents aren't divorced and that they have a stable relationship. I just wanted to financially establish myself first, because it's based on my perseverance and determination, whereas a relationship can be unreliable since it requires the dedication of two people working together.  Now that I have a child, I can totally understand how other parents would think their children are the most precious people in the world. I have never felt such a strong surge of love than when I hold Ari. I thought I couldn't love anyone more than my husband, but apparently there is a stronger love.

Anyway, I'm not sure when the Sunday Linky Party will return, but I have plans to do more with this blog (and am planning to move it to its own domain name), so we'll see when things get rolling!