The newborn stage flies by! Your hear everyone say it but you don’t really realize it until it’s gone. When you’re in the newborn stage, sometimes it can feel like it’s going to last forever. The sleepless night, the crying baby who only stops crying when you’re standing up but all you want to do is sit down, the unpredictable day to day routine. It can be a tough stage to get through. And then in a blink of an eye, it’s gone. Gone are the sleepless nights (well, mostly), gone is the sound of newborn cries. But with that means so many of the good parts about the newborn stage are gone too.
This second time around, I promised myself I was going to cherish this stage more. I was going to focus on all the good parts about it instead of the difficult parts. It’s also helped that Iris is a much easier newborn than Hazel was 😉
The baby breath. My two favorite smells in the entire world…Hazel’s baby breath and Iris’ baby breath. I wish I could bottle up the smell are remember it forever. It smells like a mixture of milk, baby spit up, and a whole lot of cuteness. Sadly, once they start eating food, the baby breath goes away. So I’ve been smelling Iris’ breath every chance I get in hopes that I’ll remember the smell forever.
The noises they make. Oh, the sweet baby grunts and coos. Is there a cuter sound in the world? I don’t think so. The adorable grunts that Iris makes when she’s eating always make me smile, and the high pitch coos when she’s feeling chatty just melt my heart, not to mention that sweet toothless smile!
The way they move uncontrollably. It’s the cutest thing to watch how babies little arms and legs move about without any rhyme or reason. The other day, Iris accidentally got ahold of her own hair and started crying because she was pulling on it but couldn’t figure out how to let go. I obviously felt bad for her because she was crying, but it was also so darn funny and cute!
The snuggles. The way my girls rest their little heads on my shoulder, or how cuddly they are right before they doze off to sleep in my arms, or the feeling of a tiny baby sleeping on my chest. There really isn’t anything in the world better than that. They are so peaceful and angelic when they’re snuggly. So on the days when Iris only wants to nap in my arms, and I have a to-do list a mile long that isn’t getting done, I choose to cherish every second of her snuggles instead of focusing on the things I’m not getting done. Because before I know it, she will be too big to want to snuggle…and my to-do list will always be there.