i’ve said it it another post but there’s nothing quite like the instant bond parents have with one another. it’s the best and worst of almost every emotion. i can sometimes describe parenting in sort of a vague inarticulate way but i think the following folks capture it really well:
“It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.” ~ Barbara Kingsolver
“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” ~ Bill Cosby
“The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.” ~ Bill Cosby
you meet someone and there’s that *spark,* date for a few years, go through hellish wedding planning (seating charts were my enemy), live in bliss for a couple years, get pregnant, and think that you’ve made it as a couple. oh honey, let me slap you into reality. the true test of marriage begins the moment your baby comes into your life because it’s about to take a crash course in endurance, patience, compromise and understanding.
the first few weeks after coming home from the hospital with your newborn is a complete blur – you’re brimming with feelings you’ve never felt before (the highest of highs and sometimes the lowest of lows), guests around the clock, feedings, changings, painful recovery – it’s all so new and novel. but once the shine wears off and you’ve settled into a routine, it’s just the baby, you and your spouse … except things aren’t the same. Continue reading →