Tuesday, August 19, 2008

My Little Wunda

I'm proud to say I'm a mom to a beautiful daughter born Saturday, August 16th. I'd like to thank my great birthing team of my husband, Vanessa (his sister) and my doula, Amy. Between them and hypnobabies, I was able to have an incredible birthing experience!

To keep up with the academic nature of this blog -- I'd like to share what I've learned so far in my few days of motherhood (note, I never picked up an infant or changed a diaper before Saturday)

1. Giving birth was the most intense, satisfying and romantic experience of my life
2. Its better to let your dog lick your infant than a person kiss their face
3. There's all kinds of great feelings for your own child you could never imagine
4. Wearing your baby is lots of fun and lets you do something while they're sleeping other than watching them sleep
5. Its still early, but so far I've been sleeping better than I have in the past few weeks (my husband however, is learning the joys of interrupted sleep)
6. Every person you talk to will give advice and everyone has different opinions on the same things (that goes for doctors, nurses, grandparents and strangers)
7. Babies like loud noises, cry before they go to the bathroom, fart louder than you could imagine and produce incredible amounts of poop!
8. If all you do is breastfeed, change diapers and sooth an infant, it can take you days to write a single email
9. In a single day, your entire outlook, appreciation and viewpoint changes completely
10. Every coo, cry, movement, poop and breath from your infant is precious

Although I'm sure I'll have my hands full, hopefully, I'll get to write some of the posts I had been putting off for the last few months while I'm away from work -- I've had a lot of adventures in WPF and TDD I'd love to share!


Christopher Bennage said...

Congratulations! It keeps getting better.

James Kovacs said...

Congrats, Wendy! Welcome to the wonderful world of parenthood. Kaylee is beautiful!

Donn said...

Congrats Wendy! My wife and I are patiently waiting for our little one to arrive in the next couple of weeks. :)

PilotBob said...

Congrats to you and your Hubby. I've been a dad for quite a while and agreed/had most of our observations except for number 2... what's up with that?


Ayende Rahien said...

Congratulations, Wendy!

Ayende Rahien said...

Congratulations, Wendy!

lukemelia said...

Congratulations! I can tell you are already a wonderful mother.

wunda said...

Thanks everyone!

@Bob -- Our pediatrician has given us all kinds of rules for human-baby interaction. However, the dog has full rights to sniff and lick Kaylee as much as she wants (though we keep her away from her hands and face). Doggie germs don't transfer to us :)

Kent Boogaart said...

Awesome - congratulations Wendy! Good list, couldn't agree more, except maybe about the poop being precious. It's not like you put them on the mantlepiece. Or do you? ;)

Mark Freedman said...

Hey, congratulations! We just had our second F/W code camp, so I was wondering about you, and I just found out about Kaylee.

Before you know it, she'll be on her own. Our daughter just finished college... and she was JUST born!

When you're up to presenting again one day, maybe we can have you come out for an agile talk for the user group.

Take care.