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Things New Parents Should Know # 10 - Worth [Sep. 4th, 2008|08:17 am]
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Tiny hands that get randomly flung about, only to grab your finger tight. A little scrunched up face, with eyes that hold your attention even when they aren't looking at you. A small warm body that responds to and enjoys being held close to your own, just as you love the feel of it against your chest and skin.

Odd little noises in the dark. At night they're reminiscent of a young puppy, breathing, panting, the strange little sudden squeaks and whimpers. The wake-up cries, that aren't for any other reason than to say, "Hello! I'm awake!"

The slow development from an odd pink mewling thing into a little person. The eyes gradually focusing more. Shifts in its attention with its first faltering interactions with both you and its environment. Those odd early moments when something catches and hold its attention briefly.

The slow rediscovery of the world through someone who hasn't seen any of it before. Everything will be new again. A ball as an object of wonder, a new surface something to be explored, a tree, the ocean, the sky, all brand new for a new little person.

And this little person loves you, wants to be held by you. To them, you are the centre of its world, and it the new centre of yours. And despite all the problems and worries, the interruptions and sleeplessness, the frustration and confusion, you know at the core of your being that this little person is worth all of it and more.

You think you know it will be that way before you become a parent, but like all the things you try to prepare yourself for beforehand, the stress, the tiredness, you can't understand the reality of just how deeply it will affect you until it's happening.

It's only when it's happening, with the joy and wonder mixed with the hardship, that you can feel in the heart of your being how truly worth it it is.

[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2008-09-04 04:30 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: _aaronj
2008-09-04 04:39 am (UTC)
nice post, in fact all the baby ones are nice.
keep them coming
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[User Picture]From: termagent
2008-09-04 09:24 am (UTC)
Even knowing beforehand that they'll change really fast doesn't prepare you for how quickly they change. In two weeks' time he'll be making slightly different sounds in the dark and you'll be asking yourself when he stopped making the previous noises. We have so far completely failed to take regular sound recordings with our 3 and it was a big mistake - the few we have are very evocative.
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[User Picture]From: drhoz
2008-09-05 05:19 pm (UTC)
well, that's reassuring
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-09-05 06:05 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, I was always going to post about the nice stuff, but before I did I wanted a pretty solid grounding in how fucking hard it is first. The fact that it's that hard, tiring, and draining, and yet still worth it, says a lot for just how good it is.

Of course it's probably not that good at all, it's all actually horrifically crap, we're just biologically programmed to find it wonderful and rewarding so the species continues.

And now that Lex is asleep and not screaming with discomfort for the first time in over four hours, I'm going to bed.

Yeah, it's fucking awesome being a parent...
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