the easiest part of kids {a huggies post}

I've been asked by BlogHer and Huggies to take some walks down memory lane and explore some (what I think will be) FUN subjects about babies and having them and getting ready for them and all the fun stuff that goes with THEM! I volunteered for this series for selfish reasons. I think it will be a great way to document some thoughts and feelings that maybe I haven't before but should have. I hope you will enjoy them, too!

Having a baby is wild ride. From the moment you find out that you're pregnant to the moment you walk through the door with your new baby, you're in for a ride.

I've experienced nothing as life changing as having a baby. Nothing makes you as unselfish as quickly as a newborn in your arms. Nothing changes your priorities or rocks your world completely like a coming home with a new little person that you made.

And it's hard. From pregnancy to late nights to figuring out a feeding schedule to what to do to help them feel better when they're sick. People tell you freely how hard having a baby will be. They warn you about poop and puke and fevers. Friends tell you about late nights and early mornings. Once you are pregnant you will get all sorts of warnings about how your life will change with that baby.

But there is one HUGE thing that they never tell you. One thing that no mother I know has ever let me in on and I had to find out on my own.

The baby stage is the easy part. Crazy right? Crazy because the baby stage is SO hard. When you're in the midst of it nothing has ever seemed harder. I know that those 'middle of the night, trying to help your baby sleep when you haven't slept in days' is the hardest thing ever.

But, it's the easy part. Babies are easy. Crazy hard and easy. It only gets harder.

Babies need sleep, food and dry diapers. Easy, simple, no nonsense needs that are easily met.

Kids? Toddlers? Preschoolers? Oh man the needs are so much more complicated. There are emotions and opinions and talking back. There are no easy answers or solutions. Every day is a new challenge, a new stage and a new set of "rules". I've done some research with older mothers and guess what? The trend continues.

My point? Enjoy the baby stage. Don't wish it away because parenting never gets easier than feed, sleep and dry. If I could go back, I would stress out less and let go more.

Enjoy that little baby and his simple needs because one day you'll have to answer questions about physics and why cats have shiny eyes.
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