10 Things I Miss About Newborn Baby Life

newborn Last week I “graduated” a fifth grader and a preschooler.  I am officially mom to three school age children for the first time ever.

It was a tough week but all I can think about is the end of August, when I will have to put a middle schooler and kindergartener on the bus, looming ahead.

And, because the universe is clearly against me, everywhere I go I see pregnant people.

It’s even creepier than that I-see-dead-people kid in The Sixth Sense.

They are literally everywhere.  And, wherever they aren’t, there are people with their cooing, gurgling, mewling infants around to fill the space.  Never a crying, tantruming, toddler throwing grape juice in his mother’s face at the grocery store.

Nope, just the cuddly, smell good-y, type infants to make my womb literally scream to be filled with a fetus.

My mother says it’s normal to be all baby feinding at this point in my life.  I say I’m happy The Dudes get into at least one fist fight and three screaming matches every day of life.  It’s the only thing keeping me from doing something crazy.

As much as the logistics (and noise potential) of actually having another baby in this house turn me off, I can’t stop thinking about all of the things I miss. 

10 Things I Miss About Newborn Baby Life

1.  The baby smell.  Particularly the breastfed baby smell.  Everything about them, right down to the explosive yellow poop that bursts out of their diapers and up their backs was sweet.  Cleaning it all up, not so much.

2.  Having them sleep on my chest.  Being able to feel their little heart beats and smell their sweet, milk breath while they slept.  Sigh.  Not being able to lay them down to go pee without setting off a scream fest was a bit of a drawback.

3.  Teeny weeny baby socks.  So cute!  Less cute when discovering them in the dog’s “gifts” after she enjoyed them too.

4.  The stroller.  I hate that I have to carry all of my purchases around the mall now.  I feel like I shop less because of it.

5.  Having an excuse to NOT clean my house.  Now I just look lazy when I don’t do it.  Although it is nice to not have to worry about the house smelling like we’re in the midst of a zombie apocalypse just because I forgot to empty the diaper genie.

6.  Being able to eat an extra dessert because it was going to get turned straight into breast milk anyway.  Until we discovered the food allergies, at which point I got to eat pretty much nothing.

7.  Midday naps.  Less exciting; not being able to stay awake at my older son’s preschool program because I hadn’t slept for the past 3 days and was missing my midday nap to be there.

8.  The little sound they make when they wake up hungry and searching for food.  Less desirable?  The big sound they make when you are in line at Target, buying a new pair of pants for your two year old because he slipped in mud on your way to your goddaughter’s christening, and can’t feed them until you get your toddler out of the hand towel you wrapped him in and into some clean pants.

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9.  Finally being really freaking cool to someone.  Realizing that this person is also borderline obsessed with you and refuses to leave your side while you “handle your business” in the bathroom is not as thrilling.

10.  Unconditional love.  Giving it, receiving it, and telling all your friends about via constant Facebook status updates is way amazing.  And also, your friends will forgive you, especially if you buy them wine on your first post-baby night out.

What do you miss (or not-so-much) about having a newborn? 

What do you think?

10 Things I Miss About Newborn Baby Life

Amanda has been wowing the Internet since 2008 when she launched her pretty-much-useless guide for parents, parenting BY dummies. As it turns out, her parenting advice is not generally useful for more than a good laugh, but sometimes that’s exactly what you need! Amanda spends her offline time (which is embarrassingly limited) running a photography business, working as a social media director for a local magazine, writing freelance articles about stuff she loves, wrangling her 3 little Dudes ... More

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16 comments

  1. Nicole says:

    Having a toddler now, (I know I’m going to sound insane when I say this) I don’t miss the newborn days. I LOVE this age..temper tantrums don’t even phase me because my daughter does it so briefly and gets over it so quickly it just doesn’t really matter. I love everything about this age so much I actually don’t think I want more because I really hated the newborn stage. I loved my baby, don’t get me wrong, but I’m soooo glad to be out of that stage.

    • No, I hear you. I know in my heart I don’t want more because there were so many things I didn’t enjoy. But now, with my baby heading to kindergarten it’s super easy to just remember the sweet bits!

  2. Amanda says:

    I have four kids the youngest is almost three….I miss everything about newborns!! Everything!! I do not think I will ever lose baby fever…only the realization that they grow into arguing children keeps baby number five at bay!! 🙂

  3. Brittney says:

    I really DON’T miss my in-laws coming over, unannounced. They would come nearly everyday and right when I was trying to settle my son down for bed. Then, they would make me feel like a monster if I wouldn’t let them keep him for a few hours.

  4. Evelyn says:

    yep I got the baby fever just like this to right after my son turn 3 now we will be having our second little one in about 18 more days but this is going to be it no more giving in to baby fever for me 😉

  5. Jennifer says:

    I am a mother to a 3 year old. I miss having him sleep on my chest. Just the feel of him that close to me makes things more worth while.

    • Funny thing about chest sleeping too is that when it was happening I so desperately wanted him to stay asleep on his own for hours without being on my chest. So I could curl into a ball and get my sleep on. Now it sounds like bliss.

  6. The newborn smell is def one I have missed. My LO will be a year in 9 days 🙁

  7. Tina says:

    I haven’t delivered my baby yet. I just thought this would be interesting to read. I’m so excited!!!

  8. yhtac072685 says:

    I’m currently 24 weeks pregnant, and trying to make it through a Texas summer. Ugh! This article makes me smile just thinking about when my husband and I finally get to meet our first little one. Any discomfort I am experiencing will be worth it as soon as she’s here!

  9. 🙂 haven’t graduated from anything yet but I’m steadily approaching 200 pounds for the first time in my life o_O hopefully this little boy will come out soon because I now have a list of things to cherish when he gets out here. I’m due in 2 days!

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