Congratulations On Having A New Baby

Written by Jacey Harmon
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"Congratulations on having a new baby" is something parents will hear over and over again in the days after a child's birth. Those first couple of days after the birth is an exciting, yet nerve racking experience. First time parents, who have likely been anticipating the day of the birth for ten months, get hit with the true realization that they have a little person to take care of.

Staying in the hospital for the first few days reduces the affects of the realization a little bit. Having nurses and doctors around 24 hours a day is a comforting thought for a first time parent. On the third day, the hospital will likely send you and your baby home; a place where there are no doctors or nurses to ask for help. Leaving the hospital for the first time is when the full responsibility of being a parent really hits you.

Your Baby Is Home and the Fun Begins

Taking your child home for the first time is a surreal experience. No amount of reading or parenting classes or lessons from your parents can prepare you for when you are alone at home with your child for the first time. I remember looking at my wife and saying "Now what do we do, should we feed him?" Lack of sleep doesn't help either; one can have a distorted view of reality when one hasn't gotten the required amount of sleep for a couple of days.

Fortunately, you and the new baby will soon settle down into a nice routine. You can catch up on the sleep you missed while the baby develops its own sleeping habits. Your child will let you know when it is tired or hungry, taking a lot of the guess work out of the early days of parenting. Parent and child quickly bond and taking care of the child becomes second nature. You suddenly can't remember what it was like before the baby was born and don't have any desire to remember either.


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