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!



24 comments:

Meeha Meeha said...

Jen, congratulations for Ari! May she always be healthy and bring you joy! I don't have any kids yet, but from what I've seen in my closest friends they keep you busy 24/7 with just enough time to dream about... a full night's sleep! Take good care of her, she IS the most precious thing - we'll still be here when you're ready :)

OnePerfectDay said...

Congratulations on the baby girl!
I don't think you can imagine the impact of a baby on your life until you experience it. Words seem too poor to describe it.

Jess said...

Congratulations! Your story sounds just like mine - now I have 4 kids and I am living the life I never imagined. Kids are wonderful - take all the time you need with yours, we can all wait. :)

Mrs. Sarah Coller said...

Yay! Congratulations on a sweet healthy baby girl! :) My blogging regularity varies...and that's totally ok! Just depends on what's going on at the time.

Good to hear things are going well :)

Mrs. Sarah Coller

LeeAnne, Style N Season said...

Hi Jen,

Congratulations on being a mom! I can totally relate,I've been "neglecting" my blog since my baby arrived in January, despite the maternity leave! Luckily I have scheduled posts, so I could still post once in a while. Also, I wrote some posts to channel my thoughts on motherhood, it's a good way to "rant" because my hubby can't always relate to what women deal with when we become mothers!

Congratulations again on the arrival of Ari!

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Linda Bouffard said...

The birth of a baby is a wonderful thing but I love to see the birth of a mother. My daughter didn't even like children but the sun rises and sets on her daughter! Best wishes and don't worry about the linky party. I think we'll all survive until you can get it going again. After the baby is 4 or 5 months they are easier to care for. Linda

Mom2fur said...

Oh, congratulations on the birth of your wonderful baby girl! As a mom of 4 (all adult now) I can tell you, nobody has a clue how much work a baby is (even a tiny newborn) until they actually have one!
Here's some of the best advice I ever got:
Don't stand when you can sit.
Don't sit when you can lie down.
In other words, catch little bits of rest when you can!

Ana Lopes said...

Congratulations for your lovely baby girl!Birth is the biggest happiness of the world!
All the best for all family!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs from Portugal,

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www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

BurntApple said...

Congratulations and from one Mom to another--I totally understand!! Good luck with the blog transition. I just finished mine a few months ago and it has been so much nicer!

bethany said...

I am not there yet - just about 7 more weeks. In my head, it won't be that bad! I'll still have time for this, that, and the other. But from what I hear, I'm going to be blindsided. Good luck to you! I've subscribed so that I will see right away when you are able to come back. Congratulations on your new daughter!


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Raven J. said...
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Raven J. said...

Congrats Jen on the new addition to your family! Take all the time you need because that new baby is much more important then any Link Party.

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Jane Craske said...

Enjoy every second of it! Small one is now 3 and I don't know where the time went.

jogara jumawan said...

Wow sounds fun.Congratulations on your new daughter!For the 1st birthday celebration of your son's birthday here is the tip for planing it kids birthday parties nyc.

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