motto

7 ounces in between

I remember giving birth both times.  Someone put this naked baby on my chest and I stared down and the three words that sang out loud and clear in my head were, “Big.  So big.”  She was an 8 pound baby born 3 days after her “scheduled” due date (and I got all my stretch marks on those last 3 days, thanks).  She had a full head of hair and her eyes were wide open for hours looking around and blinking at everyone and licking her lips looking for food.  You heard me; she was born hungry.  She had hairy ears and furry shoulders and a blue butt and honked like a goose for the first few weeks of her life.  She was heavy and floppy and even though I had been pushing for the past hour, I kind of didn’t get that this was My New Baby.  Even a few months later, I would still look at her and couldn’t quite comprehend the fact that I was a mommy. 

The second time around, I knew more or less what to expect.  This time my epidural went much better and I actually didn’t get sick afterwords or have any issues.  Not me, anyway.  She did, but she pulled through just fine.  She came out within a few minutes, it seemed, also with a full head of hair and a blue butt, but my first thoughts were, “Not as big…”  She was born 7 pounds 9 ounces, and let me tell you, those 7 ounces sure made a huge difference between the 2 sisters.  She seemed so tiny and fragile.  Even though I was induced early that morning, she held out until after midnight to come out on her dad’s 34th birthday.

If you do the math, her Sweet 16 is her dad’s 50th birthday.  THAT will be one huge party!

After my first mochi was born, I started thinking about all the things I’d like to pass on to my kids.  Some motherly advice that might help them to grow into respectful adults.  I will start here and add my thoughts daily and compile them until they’re old enough to understand. 

1) I have a motto that I strive to live by when conflicts arise: Take a step back.  Ask yourself, “In 5 years, who’s gonna care?”  If the answer is YOU, then do something about it.  Otherwise, let it go.  There are more important things to worry about.

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