I had my first baby 9 months ago (where does the time go?) and I
distinctly remember being in labor, swearing to myself and God and anyone
who would listen (which is everyone when you’re in labor, by the way) that I
would never again go through this. It was hell! It was torture! It was painful!
Who willingly goes through child labor more than once? Crazy people, that’s
And then I saw my baby boy for the first time.
He was put on my chest and
it was just him and me, and everyone else faded away into the background. For
the first time, life made sense. So call me crazy, but I want another baby. And
here are some reasons why.
Disclaimer: I apologize ahead of time for any baby
fever this post may create.
1. That sweet newborn smell. Does anything smell better than a
newborn? I swear the scent is straight from heaven, and I could breathe it in
all day. All babies smell good, but there’s just something about a brand new
2. Baby cuddles. I am convinced that baby cuddles are better than
everything in this world. That small body with the little, scrunched-up face and
tiny baby skin rolls, lying against my chest is what dreams are made of. When a
baby is sleeping on me, I am forced to slow down and appreciate what truly
matters. The to-do lists can wait—I’ve got a baby to cuddle.
3. Tiny babies are the sweetest. Her pure innocence, the awe and
wonderment of the brand new world around her, her reliance solely on me: It really
makes one appreciate life in a whole new way.
4. The darling clothes. Folding tiny baby laundry is probably one
of my favorite things to do. Everything is adorable. Everything makes me squeal.
Everything looks like it’s made for a doll. Oh, wait, that’s because it is.
5. A baby keeps you young. A baby challenges you and keeps you on
your toes. A baby takes energy and time and commitment, and ultimately keeps
you young, no matter your age.
Life with a newborn is hard, but it is worth it because the pros far outweigh any cons. Isn’t that a crazy, beautiful thing?
6. Free exercise. This is silly, but true. With all of the lifting
and carrying of not only the baby but also all of the baby accessories (diaper
bag, toys, high chair, bouncer, Pack and Play, etc.), I have noticed some arm
muscles that definitely didn’t exist before. Added bonus! It’s a free workout
and also one that I do consistently every single day, without even thinking and
whether or not I want to. Plus, as my baby grows, so does the weight that I’ll
be lifting, and along with that, the size of my biceps. Not a bad perk.
7. To use those newborn items again. You know those products that
you bought and that your baby has already outgrown: the bassinet, the infant
insert on the highchair, the infant car seat, the newborn lounger, etc.? At
first, my baby was drowning in them, but now he has officially outgrown them. I
couldn’t bear to part with them, so they’re just sitting in the garage, waiting
to be used again. I’m not one to be wasteful, so … time for a new baby!
8. To give my baby a playmate. There is no better friend for a
little guy than his siblings! A baby is good for the parents but it’s also good
for the existing baby, so he’ll always have a friend to grow up with and to
play with him. And that is priceless.
9. Trying to have a baby is fun. Let’s just be real here, we all
know what you mean when you say you’re “trying to have a baby.” It’s hard work,
but somebody’s got to do it!
10. There is no greater love. I am convinced that the love I have
for my baby is the strongest bond and greatest love in this world. And I know I
have so much more love to give. Life with a newborn is hard, but it is worth it
because the pros far outweigh any cons. Isn’t that a crazy, beautiful thing?