Today I held a baby. A less-than-a-week old, squishy, squirmy, contented little newborn. He fit in my one arm. He snuggled up to me. He was perfection. I was able to hold him, coo at him, enjoy him, without once feeling that ovarian twinge that made me wish he was mine. Or make me wish my own were still babies.

I don’t know that I won’t want another one of my own someday down the line. But not now. Right now we are exactly what we need to be.


5 thoughts on “Newborn

  1. It’s nice to hear your confidence in knowing your family is complete for the time being. It’s a good thing, IMO, to know what’s right for ya!

  2. I can’t wait for the day when I’ll look at someone else’s newborn and think, “meh, all my kids are already home!” I can’t wait to be past this stage of life, and just be content watching them all grow up, ya know? I think we’re getting close. We’ll see how I feel in 2 yrs though… haha

    Trust your instinct. Mom’s know when kids should come and how big their families should be. 🙂

  3. I love to hold newborn babies. I do get that itch because I love the newborn stage so much. I love them being so dependent on you and just snuggling up to you. I love the soft feel of their skin and their new baby smell (which is really lotion and/or baby powder… but still). I love the little newborn sounds.

    I don’t know if we’ll have another baby. I have never felt that “We’re done”, nor have I felt, “We’re definitely having more babies someday.” All I feel now is we’re great the way we are. I have come to the conclusion that if we have more kids, it’ll happen when it’s supposed to happen, and if we don’t have more kids, then it just wasn’t supposed to happen and I’m good with that, too.

    It’s been a long road to get to this feeling.

    1. As you well know this has been a long road for me, too! But isn’t it great to feel like everything’s just fine one way or the other?

      As for the newborn smell, I don’t think it’s lotion and/or powder because I did neither with mine and they still smelled like that. Someone told me it was breastmilk but I’ve smelled it (although it was fainter) on formula-fed babies, too. So … who knows?

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