It took about two years for me to fully appreciate what had been given to me. Our daughter was essentially taken care of, at a time when we would have struggled to do so. Today though, we still have that lone Winnie the Pooh stuffed bear that I got. I like to hug him and remember that after my shower, I came home and held him while Nick put the crib together. He sat on the couch with me while I washed the bedding and once it was done and the bedding was in the crib, I sat him there and he waited for four weeks until her arrival.
When thing 2 was born, I didn't have a shower, and that made me kind of sad. I know tradition says you only get a shower for the first baby, but I felt like nobody wanted to celebrate Adam. I would have loved a small shower, it didn't have to be fancy. I spent most of my pregnancy putting together 'The Nursery' the nursery is a myth, I will tell you that right now. I spent 7 months putting this room together and he didn't sleep in it for almost a year. Then he slept in there for 6 months before moving into the bigger room.
So here is a list of things I would have loved to have when either kid was born, things that every new mom should have.
10. Home cook meals. I had a c-section, which meant I was couch bound. Also meant I was depending on my hubby for food. I was HUNGRY.
9. Vinyl bedding. My bed was home to most of our day, including nursing, bottles, and diaper changes......Yeah.......
8. Merry Maids, or any maids really...I would have loved to relax, except my house was a mess (bless her heart my sister in law helped out when she was here with me, but if I had the below along with 7.....we could have had more fun!)
7. Hand held, healthy snacks that are within my reach and double as decoration. Winning.
6. Blissful all consuming sleep. I was confined to a soft area upon which people sleep. Hell I slept on this couch for a 1.5 years. One stands to reason, I should have been able to sleep, yes? (NO)
5. I never knew how annoying it was to run out of diapers and have to pick them up, because with Thing 1 I had diapers for two years and therefore was always 'ahead of the game'
4. A new body. I'm not talking about replacement parts, I would have loved a complete overhaul
3. Since 4 wasn't an option, maybe a more practical solution....
2. Gopher reach. I always seemed to drop something just out of just. Meaning it could be 6 inches away from me, but I could twist that way because of my incision......in comes the gopher....Also RIP Billy Mays..
1. Carryout. From anywhere. 1000000 bonus points if it's from a restaurant I love. That way I don't have to worry about dinner getting made when my hubby has to help me get up every 5 minutes or take care of the kids.