So here it is, the eve of Lily’s original due date and we’re three and a half weeks into this whole parenting thing. So far, I’d have to say things are going pretty well. It’s funny, while I wouldn’t say that child rearing necessarily comes naturally, because I think parenting is a skill to be learned, there is a certain amount of intuitiveness that comes with the baby. At least that’s been my experience after three short weeks. As I’ve said many times, I’ve never been one for baby holding or the like, and hadn’t changed a diaper ever before, but something happened along the way. It just feels normal now. Whether its holding, feeding, or changing the baby, it feels like I’ve been doing this a lot longer than I have been. It’s actually a pretty amazing thing to experience. There is of course a learning curve, but the basic day-to-day stuff has come, if not easier, at least more naturally than I would’ve expected.
Having this baby has led me to do some things that I never would have thought I’d be doing. For instance, driving around town late at night trying to find just the right double electric breast pump. You haven’t lived until you’ve called every baby retailer in town asking for breast pumps. Or asking the guy stocking the shelves at Target when he thinks their next shipment of breast pumps will come in. A hearty, “Uhh” was the response. In general, there’s just a lot more breast pump activity involved than I was ready for.
Despite that, things seem to be going well. Lily is gaining weight, a whopping eight ounces in the last four days, sleeping pretty well, and making Jen and I love her more every second. Here are a few artsy pictures of her for your enjoyment.