Notes To Self: The 3am Edition

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Mother and baby

I’m deep in the trenches of newborn-ness.

The endless cycles of breastfeeding, diaper changing, baby comforting, loads and loads of laundry, and night time wake ups.

The endless joy I feel when I look upon my sleeping baby who’s growing like a weed and looking more and more like a small person and less and less like a squished up version of a person.

The endless delight of taking pictures of said newborn whose hair always smells so delicious.

The I-want-to-pull-my-hair-out feeling when I get out of bed for a 3am feed and the baby decides not to go right back to sleep.

So to get through those nights, I need some notes to self, to ensure I don’t fall into the abyss of hating myself and resenting my innocent child who’s driven by biological needs and survival instincts.

1. This too, shall pass. And pass too soon.

2. Cuddling a newborn at 3am is a privilege, not a sacrifice.

3. Enjoy the quiet time when everyone else is sleeping (i.e. no one is fighting for your attention).

4. Middle-of-the-night-ness is the best time to think about writing ideas (hence, this post).

5.  He’s not going to need you forever. Soak. It. Up. Now.

6.  This is your last baby. Enjoy him. Enjoy it all.

What would you add to my notes?

PS: Don’t you just love my super short posts?

Alison
Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).
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  • June 6, 2012 Runnermom-jen

    Alison, the middle of the night times were my favorites with my babies. No one else needs you and you can have him all to yourself. I sometimes wish for those days/middle of the nights.
    And, that picture is precious.
    xo
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      No one else needs me – that’s the part I love most!

  • June 6, 2012 Julie

    Next time, I’ll just tell myself that I’m not going to remember it anyway! HA! So just float around in the cloud of insanity until things start to line out again. 🙂

    And he is PRESH US.

    • June 6, 2012 julie gardner

      That is the truest truth right there.

      You’re not going to remember the bad stuff.
      It will all blur into that baby haze…

      But all the joy sticks.

      It’s the upside to having teenagers.
      Promise.
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      • June 8, 2012 Alison

        When my boys become teenagers, I may just run away.

    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      That is true because I don’t remember what it was like with Monkey!!

  • June 6, 2012 Robin

    What a beautiful picture!

    And I think your list is good. I really honestly can’t think of anything else I’d add.

    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Thanks Robin!! The husband took it.

      When your time comes for 3am wake ups, feel free to add to the list if anything comes to mind 🙂

  • June 6, 2012 Alex aka Whoa Mumma

    My baby is nearly 5 months old and she’s already lost that new baby smell. I found myself cooing over a newborn the other day and feeling clucky. It really does go by so fast.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      It really does – my little guy is a month old today!! Wait, what?

  • June 6, 2012 RoryBore

    I think your #3 was the biggest one for me. A quiet house is always a special treat. I used to snuggle up in daddy’s Lazy Boy with my nursing babe – if she didn’t want to go back to sleep, I could lean the chair back and we’d just lay there, all cuddled and warm and cozy.
    oh, but there was that time when I suddenly felt all damp and cold and realized I hadn’t put the 2nd boob back in the nursing bra and leaked all over us. so yeah, maybe just remember to check that 🙂
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Hah! I hate wet bras and clothes, so trust me, I check 🙂

  • June 6, 2012 Katie

    I’ll tell you what, Charlie is two and a half months and those middle of the night feedings are all but over already. He sleeps from 9-6 each night. Awesome, but oddly sad.

    I HATED getting up at 3am.

    Until I realized I was done doing it.

    I a little bit miss falling asleep on the couch next to him while I wait for his eyes to get droopy.

    I don’t want to tell you to enjoy it, because I HATED when people said that to me.

    Mostly because I knew they were right.

    The bastards.
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    • June 6, 2012 Leigh Ann

      YES. Hated getting up, but oh the sweetness! Well, when they go back to sleep, that is.
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      • June 8, 2012 Alison

        Hah! It’s sweet relief when their little eyes finally close, and they relax!

    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      It’s hard to ‘enjoy’ it when you’re in the trenches, which is why I need to remind myself that this too, like everything else when it comes to kids – just go by too damn quickly. I know I’ll never do it again, so I’m embracing it all. 3am wake ups included.

      (and wow, Charlie sleeps from 9-6??? Awesome!)

  • June 6, 2012 Jayme

    Your list looks pretty complete and yes to number 5! They will need you less and less as they grow older.

    I keep reminding myself of this whenever my girls ask me to play with them and I have work to do. I realize I have to treasure these moments when they do want to spend time with me. 🙂
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Yes, exactly! When they’re older, they won’t want Mom anymore. 🙁

  • June 6, 2012 Natalie

    Great things to remember. These times are so tiring. Just breathe. And now it will pass soon. In both good and bad ways.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Just breathe – yes, I need to remember this always.

  • June 6, 2012 Melanie

    Okay, my heart is just melting right now. Just melting. He’s just so beautiful! Ahhh…

    It does pass. Too soon. My last baby is now 2. I can’t believe how fast that went. I can barely remember those 2am feedings. I’m still trying to hold on to the last vestiges of his babyness.

    Your list is spot-on, especially the last point: Enjoy him. Enjoy it all.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I don’t remember my first child’s late night wake ups much either! Which is why I know these moments need to be treasured.

  • June 6, 2012 Leigh Ann

    True story: I was pacing back and forth to get Zoe back to sleep in the middle of the night and I FELL ASLEEP. STANDING UP. Luckily I caught myself before I fell to the floor. I know how hard it is to see that this is just a phase, even when you KNOW it is. Hang in there, mama!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I’ve done that too!! Well, NEARLY fell asleep. My shushing and pacing was putting ME to sleep, hah!

  • June 6, 2012 angela

    I think it’s a great list.

    It’s all so true. And soon you will remember the smell of his little head and miss it when he sleeps. And you won’t remember that bone-deep exhaustion.

    xo
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh I just love the smell of his little baby head. Can’t we bottle that?

  • June 6, 2012 Life As Wife

    That picture sums up the awesomeness that is a new baby.

    Try and enjoy friend!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I am!! 🙂

  • June 6, 2012 Erin

    Great post . . . you are so right, it will pass and you are right soak it up. Time will go so quickly! My oldest just completed Kindergarten and I had my last baby this year. I can’t believe how quickly time has flown by. Hold onto those babies as long as they will let you.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh I’m holding, so tightly.

  • June 6, 2012 vanita

    Definitely enjoy it Girl! I was looking at baby pictures of my littlest today. OMG i miss her at that size. Now she’s almost 3 and explaining to her bigger brother why you have to twist the oreo cookie open slowly. gosh. btw, your kids are GORGEOUS!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Hah! Oreo expert! And thank you 🙂

  • June 6, 2012 AnnMarie

    I miss the cuddles. When she would fall asleep on me and her little body would mold to mine as if we were still attached. Your list is a good one. 3am is HARD! I remember the endless tired feeling. You are doing great in those trenches, my friend!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      It’s an accumulation of interrupted sleep, hence the deep exhaustion. But I just love his little baby head, his smell, all of his babyness. I wish we could bottle it!

  • June 6, 2012 Kimberly

    It does pass so quickly, though I know it’s hard to see that as you’re in the middle of it. I hated getting up in the middle of the night until I realized that they were done that stage. Then I longed for those quiet cuddles.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I would love a full night’s sleep eventually. But you’re right – we will miss it when that stage is done.

  • June 6, 2012 Stasha

    He is so stinkin cute. PS I love all your posts.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      And I love you!

  • June 6, 2012 Varda (SquashedMom)

    Oh, my, friend. Looking at that picture, all wrapped up in his newbornness, brought it all back. Yes. it will go in a blur, and you are probably too exhausted too appreciate. But those tiny moments you stop and take notice will stay with you. Next time I’m in the middle of some horrible homework war with my 9 year olds I will try to remember those moments.

    Hugs to you.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, it’s those small moments that truly count, yes?

      (egad, I don’t even want to think about homework!!)

  • June 6, 2012 Mark

    #7. “I could have had triplets”!
    See, feel better now?
    m.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Hahahahaha!!!

      Yes, thank you!

  • What a gorgeous picture! It made me feel all misty for the long ago days when my babies were babies. Just yesterday my husband and I were wishing they were little again. It sounds like you already know all the right notes-to-self 🙂 Scrumplet is scrumptious 🙂
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Scrumptious Scrumplet – yes!! I know, they grow up too quickly.

  • June 6, 2012 Julia

    I would add that some day you will miss those quiet moments in the middle of the night that you had to yourselves.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I know I will!

  • June 6, 2012 Mirjam

    I’m in absolute awe with that picture!
    That there is all that matters. This time that is so consuming and busy and exhausting, it is such a short and precious time. All else can wait, except taking care of you, even if it’s a few seconds a day.
    xoxo.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Taking care of me – I am sadly failing in that. I do take a shower every day – that counts, right?

  • June 6, 2012 Kimberly

    If I ever have another, this is the exact list I want with me tucked in my pocket.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh, you say all the right things, my friend!

  • June 6, 2012 Barbara

    Ahh #2 is so very very true and yet the hardest to remember.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Which is why blogging this is so very important! 🙂

  • June 6, 2012 Carolyn

    Beautiful.
    This is how I felt with both my girls. It was our time, granted it was at 3 am, but still.
    And it does go too fast. I looked at Thumper the other day and realized she’s not a baby anymore 🙁 She’s a toddler with thoughts and opinions (which she lets us know about).
    I’m so glad you are enjoying this time!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I am absolutely doing my best to enjoy this time!

  • June 6, 2012 Lauren

    I lurve this post. Short yet so profound. Hang in there girl, I miss those times already!

    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Hanging in there!

      I’m gonna call you soon to go out!

  • Nothing. You are right, just soak it up now. It will be over to soon. Before you know it you’ll be potty training him *sob*.

  • June 6, 2012 Jessica

    I think of you and your little Scrumplet so often, across the time zones, and wonder how you are doing. I’m also going to tell you that I H.A.T.E.D. getting up in the middle of the (insert expletive of your choice) night. But I loved mothering. And breastfeeding. And everything about having a baby except the sleep deprivation. Eventually, I just accepted that I was not going to sleep well if I had a child under two (or THREE!). And I decided that meeting the child’s needs was more important (at this time) than meeting my own. I embraced the idea of letting go of anything else and focusing on meeting those needs AND getting sleep whenever I could, no matter the time of day or night. And also, after getting up and going into a separate room every night for 18 months with my first baby, I made a sidecar with the crib for my subsequent babies. Made all the difference in the world to sit up in bed to nurse and then just lay baby back in his own space before laying back down myself. Saved SO much energy – I spent much more time sleeping and feeling rested.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh you sweet thing. I’ve accepted the fact that I will not have a full night’s sleep for a while and that’s okay. They’re not babies forever and I want to do my part to make sure he has the best possible start to life. Scrumplet sleeps in a crib in our room, just a few short steps away from me. I also have a nursing chair right next to his crib, so there’s minimal moving around. Though, his changing table is a tad far but let’s not go there!

  • June 6, 2012 Jessica

    OH – and I forgot…I wanted to add to your list (7) You are a wonderful mother. You are doing your best and that is enough.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Eeek you’re such an awesome person and friend!

  • June 6, 2012 Kerstin

    I love your short and your long posts. And your list is perfect. Newborn smells are the best!
    My daughter is almost 15 now – what the hell happened? It does go by sooooo fast!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      OMG, 15?? I can’t even imagine.

  • June 6, 2012 KalleyC

    I’m loving your posts 😉

    But yup, the 3am feedings / changing can be tough sometimes, but you’re right, it doesn’t last forever, and in a moment it’ll be a blur. Enjoy even the smallest of struggles.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kalley!! I’m absolutely soaking it all up.

  • June 6, 2012 My Inner Chick

    —Mama A,
    that photo brings tears to my eyes. Absolutely Gooooooorgeous. Xxx
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Kim. Truly. xo

  • June 7, 2012 Natalie

    That is such a beautiful pic of you and the baby…it really captures the moment. I am taking these notes b/c I know I am going to be feeling the same way when I am up at 3am very soon. I was just thinking about this yesterday!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I know you’ll rock it Natalie!

  • June 7, 2012 Jessica

    Enjoy it. Yes. It will pass quickly.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I know! Look at your Layla – THREE already??

  • June 7, 2012 Rach (DonutsMama)

    These are all great things to remember. And yes, it will pass quickly, even though the hours sometimes seem endless. I used to keep my laptop next to the table where I nursed and I would just read and read and read to pass the time.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      And I’m sitting there either nodding off and thinking about my next blog post 🙂

  • June 7, 2012 Leighann

    I could stare at that photo all day long. What a gorgeous little baby.

    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thank you Leighann.

  • June 7, 2012 Susi

    Reading this makes me miss the middle of the night feedings just a little bit. They were gone before I knew it. But yes, every so often that quiet time was truly appreciated.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      They do pass by and end before we know it, don’t they?

  • June 7, 2012 Cassie

    You are so right! Your list doesn’t need anything else. I always enjoy reading your posts because you couldn’t be more right with everything you say about life and motherhood.

    Beautiful picture by the way 🙂
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      You’re too kind, Cassie! 🙂

  • June 7, 2012 Anna

    That picture of you and baby is so beautiful….I love your short posts and I am still impressed that you are posting at all! What a great list for yourself and you must be doing pretty well to be able to see the bright side of things. Do enjoy, the infant stage is so precious (while not always easy) and ends so quickly.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I have to remain positive or I’ll pull my hair out 🙂 And thank you, Anna.

  • June 7, 2012 Leslie

    Such a sweet photo! You’re actually making me look forward to 3am feeds now. Hope you’re getting at least enough rest to manage during the day!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      You’ll rock it Leslie, good luck!

  • June 7, 2012 Kelley

    So beautiful and so true! The newborn stage is gone in the blink of an eye. Enjoy his delicious hair as long as you possibly can.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I’m sniffing his hair at every opportunity!

  • June 7, 2012 Hopes

    Oh my heavens! He is absolutely stunning! Congratulations again Alison. My baby, my very last baby just turned two this week. Enjoy the itty bitty stage because as you say, it goes by way to quickly!

    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh how time flies! And thank you.

  • June 7, 2012 Kristen

    That photo is precious. The only thing I would add to your list is enjoying those little noises they make when they are newborns as they stretch and get cozy. Oh, how I miss those!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh yes, those cute sweet baby noises! (mine grunts too, it’s so cute)

  • June 7, 2012 Christine

    That picture? Love. Heart melting. While I hated the getting up part of the middle of the night feedings, I also kind of loved it – the quiet, the snuggling, etc. of course assuming that everyone went back to sleep easily and quickly. It is a precious moment and passes too soon. xoxo
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      The not going back to sleep part? That’s the part I’m finding hard to love because I’m just desperate to go back to sleep at that point! 🙂

  • June 7, 2012 Jessica

    I think you’ve got it all covered. I love short posts, too, and that you wrote this at 3 AM. Amazing. I love the picture at the beginning. So beautiful.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh no, I didn’t write this at 3am. At least, not type it out 🙂 I had it written in my head first, and at the first opportunity (nap time!), I banged it out.

  • June 7, 2012 dumb mom

    I LOVE that photo. I can’t really add to your advice; it was just so good. Plus, I was never good at looking on the bright side when I was in the newborn trenches; PPD sort of got in the way of that. I will say that the whole it will pass quickly thing is top of my mind though. I am sitting here all empty wombed and sad as my babies start to pull further away from me each day.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Oh don’t be sad! They’ll still be your babies. And you can always yank them back for some stolen hugs and kisses 🙂

  • June 8, 2012 Bruna

    I think it`s wonderful that you actually remember the ideas for blogging once you wake up again in the morning. So many times I come up with ideas while driving or taking a shower and then I forget them by the time I sit down to write. I need to make a list or I`ll forget.

    I love your short posts by the way 🙂 They`re still very entertaining and meaningful, so don`t worry.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I have one idea at a time. That’s the only way it’d make it onto the blog 🙂

  • June 8, 2012 Jaime

    I have to admit, I do like shorter posts (not just here, but I mean in general). But what is even better is that gorgeous–I mean BEAUTIFUL–photograph at the top! Sooo pretty. I hope someone frames that for you.
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I’m a fan of (reading and writing) short posts! And thank you. Good idea with picture framing, we don’t print out enough photos.

  • June 8, 2012 Amy

    Gorgeous photo, gorgeous post! Love your notes to self…so very, very true. The newborn stage is both endless and over in the blink of an eye, isn’t it?
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Could not have said it better myself 🙂

  • June 8, 2012 Marta

    Its all about #6. I’m going to likely never let me next one go because I know its going to be my last. Well unless my husband and I separate because I would totally have more, but he is done at 3 🙂
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      🙂 3 is a good number!

  • June 8, 2012 Laura

    1. I would read this at 3am but I usually can barely open my eyes.

    2. Yes, yes, and yes… except for this being my last baby. I haven’t decided that yet.

    I’m impressed you can think of post ideas during the middle of the night feeds. I can’t even follow my twitter stream in the middle of the night because I am so out of it.
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    • June 8, 2012 Laura

      Oh! I meant to add that the picture included in this post is GORGEOUS!
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      I definitely can’t follow Twitter streams at 3am. And post ideas come like a dream, they sort of just pop into my head while I’m nodding off!

  • June 8, 2012 Just Jennifer

    Scrumplet is your last baby? Awwww!

    Yes, yes, a thousand times YES! Soak it all up because it will all be different in the blink of an eye! (Even if it doesn’t feel that way right now.)
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    • June 8, 2012 Alison

      Yes, he is! This womb is closed for business!

  • June 9, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Amen. That’s all I can say. Oh, and that picture of the two of you makes me want to tear up for its beauty.
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    • June 9, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jennie.

  • June 9, 2012 Charlotte

    Such sweetness. Your photo. Your words. Everything. I love this post 🙂
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    • June 9, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Charlotte. xo

  • June 9, 2012 Tonya

    newborn-ness is a wonderful place to be, enjoy it. Even at 3 AM.
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    • June 9, 2012 Alison

      Oh I am!

  • June 9, 2012 Tricia

    I love, love, love this post. I am bookmarking it and will certainly return here often when my new little one is born in the Fall. I so want to beat the frustration (desparation?) that can settle in on those wakeful nights and I think you’ve found the key to that.
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    • June 10, 2012 Alison

      It’s hard, not going to lie. BUT, these moments can be enjoyable, and they like, many things with children, are too fleeting.

  • June 10, 2012 Rebecca Rider

    This was a great, great post!! I know where you are coming from, when my son wasn’t sleeping through the night, the sleep deprivation was tough to handle. Your attitude is so great though, because it’s true – now that he’s sleeping through the night, that time when he wasn’t seems so short!!
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    • June 10, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Rebecca! Maintaining a positive attitude is the only way I know to get through this time 🙂

  • June 10, 2012 Adrienne

    I do love your super short posts! What a precious reminder to soak it up. I swear I could the baby in the post. So sweet!
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    • June 10, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Adrienne!

  • June 10, 2012 Nikky44

    He is soooo beautiful Alison!!!
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    • June 10, 2012 Alison

      Thank you Nikky!

  • June 10, 2012 Galit Breen

    Those are good (very, very good) words, sweet friend.
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    • June 11, 2012 Alison

      You are kind (very, very kind), my friend. xo

  • June 12, 2012 Christine

    Your point no. 2 above is something that I am going to remember very well! Waking up during the wee hours for the baby is a privilege. Privilege, privilege, privilege – not sacrifice. I like that.
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    • June 12, 2012 Alison

      It is, just keep telling yourself that 🙂

  • June 12, 2012 Elaine

    I read this and I really like your words.

    BUT.

    There are not enough awesome words for that photo. AMAZING.

    xo
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    • June 14, 2012 Alison

      Aw, thanks Elaine. My husband took that picture, I’ll be sure to tell him that.

  • June 14, 2012 Yuliya

    What a beautiful photo of you and Scrumplet! I completely agree with you, 3am is the best time to write and reflect, but then 8am comes and you want to die a little.

    • June 14, 2012 Alison

      By 8am, I’m ready for the day to be over!

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