Little Céline is almost 6 weeks old! And it’s time to get back to blogging. I have missed the weekly postings and the communication and feedback from those of you who read my blog. Hopefully, I haven’t lost too many of you by taking so much time off.  The title of the blog is Motivation For Your Life – Your Daily Dose of Motivation, Inspiration and Good News.  Now that I’m a mom, it’s true that the material from my blog may come from that angle more often. I promise to stay true to the heart of the blog – just from a new perspective.

Speaking of being a mom – even though I was told it was going to be hard – it is harder than I ever thought. From the labour and natural birth, to breastfeed, lack of sleep among other things, there have been so many challenges since she was born.  It is a bit more challenging since she’s a preemie, but we are adjusting well now.

Let’s talk about some of the more positive and wonderful things that have happened in my life since she arrived. First, Céline has brought out the best in my husband, Dan. He is an amazing dad.  The first thing he does when he gets home from work, is hold her or change her or cuddle her – whatever she needs. Then, if I’m feeding her, he’ll make dinner (yes, I was mistaken when I believed I’d have dinner ready for him every night).  After the 9 o’clock feeding, I am usually off to bed.  I have been leaving him a little list of chores to take care of (yes, I was mistaken when I thought I’d be able to take care of the house and the baby) and he does them – without any complaint.  He also enjoys this time with Céline, as she is often fussy and needs to be held for hours. I am so grateful to have the Best Husband in the World (at least in my books).

Another wonderful thing is that I have had the opportunity to spend more time with my parents. As some of you know, my parents live near Guadalajara, Mexico and only spend a few weeks a year in Canada. My dad had an inkling that Céline would arrive early – they left Mexico the day she was born (not knowing I had gone into labour) to drive to Canada.  They have been here for almost 5 weeks.  This is the first time since I was a child that I have really needed my parents. They help around the house, take care of Céline (Mamie likes to hold her all afternoon), allow me to nap, take care of errands, cook for us – you name it, they do it.  This is a whole different relationship with them and I am really thrilled to see this side of their personalities. Of course they need to get their fill of Céline because they are leaving tomorrow and won’t see her again until next summer.

Other family members and friends have really stepped up. My sister flew in from Vancouver two days after she was born – a total Godsend.  We ended up having to go back to the hospital with Céline for jaundice, for two days. Thank goodness my sister was here for that time – it was very challenging and a bit scary.  We made it through though, and Céline is a stronger baby for it! Dan’s family has been visiting regularly as well, and we’ve had a stream of visitors bearing food and gifts that are much appreciated.

All in all, even though these first 6 weeks have been a real challenge, there are so many wonderful things that have come of it.  Most of all, I love my baby girl more than I ever imagined and seeing her little smile and hearing her little baby noises (not so much the crying) are some of the best parts of my day.  And I have no doubt that it gets easier from here.

Time to go – she’s getting ready to eat! Let me know what some of your biggest parenting challenges have been in the comments below!

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