Saturday, March 9, 2013

Five Things that Change When You Have a Baby!!

Things CHANGE when you have a baby!! 

Things change when you have a grandbaby (or two) and not everything gets done!! 

If you have a baby (or toddler or two) and you are trying (like me) to get everything done, you are setting yourself up for major failure. You will feel like a failure (because you WILL fail) since you set your expectations too high. 

You will get frustrated.

You might loose your temper.

And all because you are sitting there feeding your sweet baby thinking of all the things that you want to get done.

Enjoy your baby.

Enjoy the moment. Moments fly.

Having a baby will change your life!!

Not only will you wonder why you ever waited so long to have a baby (if you did indeed wait) but you find that your whole life is not at all the same.

When my oldest was born, it took me all day to prepare to go on vacation. My husband came home from work and wondered what I had done all day!! I was not packed. Everything was in chaos, yet I had diligently been preparing to go away all day!! What was wrong??

My baby was having a growth spurt and was nursing all day (so it seemed) and I was far from ready!! 

Much of the time when we have babies and our family starts to grow we get caught up in the busyness of the moment and fail to enJOY and soak up each moment as they fly.

We are consumed by the emergency. I know I was.

Did you know that 5 weeks ago I had twin grandbabies?? Well, I didn't actually 'have' them, my daughter did. They are quite beautiful and are a gift from the Lord. Hmm...the Bible says that doesn't it?!

How often we 'say' that our children are gifts but we live like life is an emergency, stressing our family out as we rush through our agenda each day. Our agenda becomes our high place and our children (ooooh, and our dear husband) come in second!! 

Have you ever stressed at your family all because you are striving (in your own strength) to get your agenda done?!


Do you ever wish you could have a second chance on your day??

You can!!

Jesus allows us to start fresh. He takes us just where we are and our life can be a new beginning. 

Grandparenting is a new beginning. Ever wonder why grandparents allow their grandchildren to do what they would NEVER hava allowed their children to do growing up?? 

By the time you become a grandparent; you are finally prepared to parent!! {Tweet this and if you do, you're doing better than me!!}

Did you wonder why I have neglected to answer my comments??

Did you wonder why I failed to thank four Linky Party hostesses from last Monday for hosting??

Did you wonder why I didn't link up Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday??

You probably didn't miss having posts every day. Sometimes it is better not to post every day.

Since Tuesday, I have been caring for my twin granddaughters. Up at night, trying to keep up with housework by day.

And blogging?? Where does that fit in when you have a baby?!

Five things that change when you have a baby (or grandbaby, neice, nephew, or a neighbor's baby you are watching):

  1. Go SLOW ('cause you're tired) and be wonderstruck by God's goodness all around you.
  2. You used to wonder why your mother worried over your safety; now you worry and fret as you are filled with fears (founded and unfounded) for your child's well-being.
  3. The sacrifices you made to have a baby no longer feel like sacrifices. They are blessings. 
  4. You are now a morning person, LOL!!
  5. You think of someone else instead of yourSELF.

So, if you have a baby, don't rush through your day. If there are a few more Hot Spots throughout your house, a pile here and another pile there, just persevere and remember, tomorrow is another day!!

Today I didn't get to everything. I woke up late (I was up in the night).  

I didn't write out my list.  

For days, I was going to re-organize my closet. I didn't. It is a HUGE hot spot with a closed door!l

I think I didn't finish the laundry.

What I did do:

  1. Remembered that the twins are eternal souls. We forget that babies are living souls. We just don't think that way.
  2. I fed the babies at least six times.
  3. I changed many diapers.
  4. Changed their clothes several times.
  5. I sang softly to them.
  6. I held these cute little baby girls.
  7. I took a gazillion pictures.
  8. I should have taken a nap. Did you?!
Babies have tiny features that are just amazing to observe. Tiny little toes, tiny fingers (oh so tiny), tiny little noses and ears, and sweet little eyes looking trustfully up at me.

We are fearfully and wonderfully made. We should be awestruck that God has designed our babies so intrically.

STOP long enough in your busy day to smell the sweet smell of your baby, snuggle your baby close and take in each moment God gives you a baby to cuddle. Sooner than you know it, you will be a grandparent and have to return the baby. Then, you will wish life wasn't rushing by so fast!!

"I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous  are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.' ~Psalm 139:14~


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  1. We have a saying passed on from my Grandpa Cap. "Babies are great time wasters." It's a tongue-in-cheek reminder to sit and snuggle, because that's what babies are for. A lot of young moms get anxious about all the TIME babies take with feeding, and will even prop up the bottle with a pillow. As much as possible, hold, touch, love. Trust me, the days when your children are too big for this will come too soon. Moms will never regret loving and holding their children TOO much, but they will always regret not holding them enough.

  2. The twins are beautiful. :)

    Absolutely true and beautiful written. Thank you!!! I appreciated this so much because I am in that stage of life right now with a house of little kids. You know from my blog that we're going through some wild days. Your post today was a wonderful reminder to me to STOP and ENJOY. I KNOW I should, I KNOW it! but I don't often obey and do it. I keep rushing and rushing always leads to impatience and regrets. The phrase, "stop and smell the roses" could be written for parents. Stop and look at your beautiful kids, they are worth far more than roses!
    I truly loved this ~ thank you.

    1. Caring for these sweet babies reminded me of when my was fast paced with littles. Yes, I read your blog and you seem to be doing a wonderful job with your sweet babies. OK, so the pictures tell 1000 words and leave out 10,000 words ;-)

  3. Sweet! I'm not in the grandmother stage yet...but I certainly do remember those baby years!! Coming over from What Joy is Mine linkup.

    1. And, I just barely slipped into the grandmother stage :-) Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  4. What sweet, beautiful babies! Thanks for visiting my blog. I loved this post--things I'll need to remember when I become a mommy someday! :)

    1. And I hope that mommy time comes for you and is a complete blessing!!

  5. Look up the poem "Song for a Fifth Child." My fifth is due in a few weeks and that sweet little poem says it all.

    1. Song for a Fifth Child by Ruth Hulburt Hamilton (1921- )

      Mother, oh mother, come shake out your cloth!
      Empty the dustpan, poison the moth,
      Hang out the washing and butter the bread,
      Sew on a button and make up a bed.
      Where is the mother whose house is so shocking?
      She's up in the nursery, blissfully rocking!

      Oh, I've grown as shiftless as Little Boy Blue
      (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby, loo).
      Dishes are waiting and bills are past due
      (Pat-a-cake, darling, and peek, peekaboo).
      The shopping's not done and there's nothing for stew
      And out in the yard there's a hullabaloo
      But I'm playing Kanga and this is my Roo.
      Look! Aren't her eyes the most wonderful hue?
      (Lullaby, rockaby, lullaby loo.)

      Oh, cleaning and scrubbing will wait till tomorrow,
      But children grow up, as I've learned to my sorrow.
      So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
      I'm rocking my baby. Babies don't keep.

  6. Such a sweet post. Loved the photos! Also loved the part where you said "you are now a morning person." So true, lol!

    I watch my friend's mentally challenged 17 year old daughter every day after school. Usually she's a piece of cake to watch. But she's had a rough couple of days, which meant she was crying and throwing tantrums and kept me busy.

    I knew that when my friend got home from work, she probably wasn't going to be able to get much done, because her hands would be full with her daughter. Sometimes you're just going to have days like that.

    Our day today went really well though, no tears. She was happy, bounced on her ball and then fell asleep in her dad's chair, lol! Thank you for linking up to "Making Your Home Sing Monday!"

  7. Nan, your are comments are always so sweet and helpful. I liked that you shared about the mentally challenged 17 year old that you watch each afternoon. I am sure that this will bless someone who comes along.

  8. We have two year old twins, and your post brought back some beautiful memories. It was a busy, but peaceful time. Lots of diapers, bottles, snuggles, and handwashing-- I loved it. Enjoy those little ones. What a blessing you are to be available to help care for the babies. That is such gift to a new multiples mommy, or any new mom for that matter.


If you have gone a little way ahead, O friend, call back --
Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track.


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