by Karla ° Monday, January 8, 2007
Yesterday I had exactly 57 minutes to myself before my little nursing barracuda would begin shrieking at the world for his third lunch. Thinking I needed a change of scenery from staring at the four gold tinged walls of my bedroom where I put in a minimum of five hours of nipple time and an equal amount of time sleeping a day, I jumped at the opportunity to breathe outside air and made a mad dash to Wal-Mart to stock up on pampers and walk amongst people more than 20 inches tall that do not poo in their pants 10 times a day.

Leaving the house and entering the real world again was entirely underwhelming and while cruising the aisles of rollbacks and falling prices I just wanted to be home snuggled up next to my son.

I managed to work through my baby withdrawal long enough to grab diapers, dog bones to be used as a means of baby fascination diversion and a t-shirt with a dangerously plunging neckline because the novelty of my new mammiferous chest has not worn off one bit. Even though I live in yoga pants and my hair looks like I volunteered my head to a boy scout for knot tying practice and I hang out all day with someone who respects me only for what my boobs have to offer, I may as well enjoy their burgeoning swolleness while it lasts.

So help me if I find myself panicking that I might be missing out on life's greatest treasure when the two of us are apart.

He is the only living entity on planet earth who can demand snuggle time on my chest while my morning coffee gets cold without sending me into fits of crusty grumpiness.

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It's amazing to me how perfect and gorgeous he is!!

Isn't funny, all the little things you learn about yourself when someone attaches him/herself onto your chest for 20 hours a day :-)
Posted by Blogger Arlene :  January 08, 2007

He is very precious! I'm glad he's doing famously all around and that you are enjoying this time! =)

Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  January 08, 2007

They tell you that your life/you change when you have a child. In ways you can't imagine would. In ways you will look back and barely remember being different. Your coffee is a simple but handy example. You will forget lots of things that seemed important to you before, and suddenly you won't remember what it's like to NOT love Nate as you do. You'll forget what in the world you ever spent time wondering or thinking about before. And it's perfectly perfect just like that. I know some people don't want to be parents and it's not suited to them. But for those that are destined to love and raise children, nothing could be more fulfilling. Nothing tugs at your heart quite the same. Nothing will ever make your entire being burst with pride like your child's accomplishments. Nothing can make you laugh as hard, or love as much, or daydream in such all consuming amazement. Welcome to the otherside,,,,,,it's a wonderful place to live.

He is entirely too precious! He is one of the cutest babies I have seen in a long time!!

Enjoy EVERY moment. Time goes way too fast. I have a 6 year old daughter and I am not sure how she got so big. It just boggles my mind.
Posted by Anonymous donna :  January 08, 2007

What a darlimg picture. Karla, you are such a great momma!
Posted by Anonymous Amanda :  January 08, 2007

Love the picture! I'm so happy that everything is going so well for you!
Posted by Blogger Amber :  January 08, 2007

That is the sweetest picture I have seen yet, Karla! He is such a handsome little man. I couldn't be mad at him for demanding snuggle time, either. I think I'd be upset if I couldn't have my snuggle time!! (Thanks for stopping by my site the other day! Made my day!)
Posted by Blogger Jules :  January 08, 2007

Beautiful picture! And I love your writing style...laughed out loud at the knot tying metaphor! I am so happy for you all over again each time I see a new picture!
Posted by Blogger cinnalily :  January 08, 2007

The newborn stage can be both tiring, yet precious. Glad to see everything is going OK. :)
Posted by Blogger Kate :  January 08, 2007

God bless another caffeinated breastfeeding mama. I got huge looks down the nose from some of the other breastfeeding moms in our area. Don't let anyone try and take that away from you, except of course Nate. I watched many a cup go cold. I have followed your story and am so happy knowing that now when I am holding my daughter nursing her, you have a little one in your arms too. May your arms never be empty again...and just you wait, the arms of a mama are gorgeous indeed- up down, up down, swing tug, swing tug. So many fun filled days ahead.
Happy new year indeed. Ooh, and one little mama tip for you- I bought 5 tubes of mascara and placed one discreetly near each door. I never have time to really get ready, but can usually sneak a few swipes of the wand across my lashes before dashing out of the house. Makes for a slightly less tired looking mama.
Posted by Blogger Amanda :  January 08, 2007

That picture of the two of you is just beautiful. I can only imagine how you must of felt being away from him even if it was for just a short period of time. Thank you for taking the time out to stop by my blog in the mist of all that is going on around you, it meant alot to me! Lots of love and hugs coming your way!!

P.S. I am sure Mark appreciated the thought that went into you purchasing that low cut shirt!!

Happy Snuggling!!
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  January 08, 2007

that is a really cute pic I love it!!
Posted by Blogger rachael :  January 08, 2007

Don't worry, eventually you'll figure out how to drink that coffee while you're snuggling! Now that's what I call a perfect world!
Posted by Blogger Christi :  January 08, 2007

Your first outing sans baby sounds a lot like mine. I went to Target. It's a fifteen minute drive, so that gave me roughly an hour to shop. And I couldn't wait to get home, either.

It all gets to be more manageable, gradually. What a sweet photo of the two of you.
Posted by Blogger Jezer :  January 08, 2007

I don't think that kid could possibly be any cuter.

And you...
You're as radiant as ever.
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  January 08, 2007

You know in some cultures they have what they call a babymoon. A whole month of nothing but snuggling with the new baby while someone else takes care of everything else. I wish that was more common in our culture.

Have you learned to nurse and surf the web at the same time? It's a valuable skill. ;)
Posted by Blogger Julia :  January 08, 2007

He's a cool kid. No wonder you don't want to leave him. Not that you can, ha,ha..

Aww, what a beautiful picture.
I just love this age. All the snuggling moments. Ethan isn't liking them as much as he use to. Enjoy every minute of it. You can never hold him too much.
Posted by Blogger Tammy :  January 08, 2007

This is such a sweet picture! Baby withdrawls are tough when you first head out without the baby in tow, I'm not eager to do that again. I really love this picture though, it's so innocent.


How sweet :)
Posted by Anonymous angela :  January 08, 2007

I remember the very first time I left my newborn son with his dad and that was 25 years ago! It was hard but I knew it was the "right" thing to do.
Posted by Blogger Linda :  January 08, 2007

"I hang out all day with someone who respects me only for what my boobs have to offer"

LOL thats funny!
Posted by Blogger Kathy :  January 08, 2007

Yep! the real reason for boobs! LOL
Posted by Blogger Kathy :  January 08, 2007

Man Karla. I am so happy for you. So. Happy. That picture of you two is incredibly perfect.

It's what it's all about, isn't it?
Posted by Anonymous Kristin :  January 08, 2007

Nate is adorable:)
Posted by Anonymous Anonymous :  January 09, 2007


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