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Today’s guest post is by Heather Boersma, a writer, speaker, and new mom. I met Heather at a writer’s conference, and I invited her to write a guest post for me.

Even before he was born I knew Cohen was one of a kind.  Sitting breech at 37 weeks all the way to the end (42 weeks!), he was stubborn from the start.  Did you know that only 3-4% of babies are breech at full term?  The rest of them clue in and realize upside down is the way to go!  But because Cohen didn’t want to be like everyone else, I ended up having a C-section.  And wouldn’t you know it, the originality continued and Cohen was born with a full head of red hair.  Only 1-2% of the population has red hair!  Just another sign my boy was a totally unique gift from God.

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But that’s no surprise because as every mother knows a baby is the most precious gift.  However there were a few other surprises…

Like how the first 6 weeks put me in a total fog.  The combination of recovering from surgery and sleep deprivation made for a zombie-like version of myself who could barely keep track of which boob the baby ate from last and how many bowel movements he’d had in the last 24 hours.  In those first few weeks I actually kept notes on my iphone to track all the liquids going in and out of that kid!

I remember sitting at a baby shower listening to one of my friends talk about the blessing of motherhood, and the overwhelming love a mother feels for her child.  But as I sat there I thought to myself “I’m not sure I feel that yet.  All I feel is overwhelmed.”  In my head I knew I loved him, but I was surprised that it took awhile to really feel it.

After those first 6 weeks passed, I came out of the fog and began to feel human again.  Now nothing can stop the welling up of emotion I feel when I looked into the baby blues of my little boy!

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But the surprises didn’t stop there.

Here are a few of the things that have continued to keep me on my toes:

  • Babies puke a lot.  I’ve had it down my sleeve, in my hair, and even down the back of my pants! (don’t ask)
  • I’ll do anything, I mean anything, to make that boy giggle.  High-pitched voices?  Oh yes.  Ridiculous faces?  For sure.
  • Babies poop even more than they puke.  And they can pump that stuff out with some force.  Yikes.
  • It’s hard to clip tiny finger nails but if you don’t keep up, those razors will get ya.
  • The camera batteries always die right when baby decides to do something amazing for the first time.
  • Sleeping, showering and eating really aren’t that necessary after all – I can survive on a lot less than I used to.
  • I’ve never felt as important as I do when he smiles at me.
  • Trusting God takes on a whole new meaning when it’s trusting Him with the life of your child.
  • I never knew I could love so much or so hard.  Sometimes I think my heart will just burst!

And the biggest surprise of all, only 4 1/2 months later – I actually want another one!

Heather Boersma is a Canadian Christian speaker, writer, wife and mother who loves wake boarding, drinking tea and making people laugh. Heather blogs over at “dreaming big” (www.heatherboersma.com/blog), where you’ll find tools, motivation and encouragement to pursue your big dreams!

Now it’s your turn: What did you find most surprising about those first days of motherhood? We have so many young moms read this site, and I know they’d love some encouragement! So leave some in the comments.

 

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