“We’ll take the
baby’s first month for ourselves. After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month
of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones
too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate. Otherwise, every five
minutes it would be, ‘How are you feeling? Can we have a picture?’ You don’t
get those first 30 days back, and we want to be fully present.”
Hmm, we wonder
how that’s going?
First-time parents can be so cute and so utterly clueless. They
make plans for how things will go when the baby comes, as if the baby is
actually going to do anything according to plan. Then there are first-time
celebrity parents like 29-year-old Reed and 38-year-old Somerhalder of “The Vampire
Diaries,” who have the privilege of money, a flexible schedule and who knows what
else, so they make plans for how things will go when the baby comes that go beyond
cute and clueless to downright absurd.
We’re not knocking that Reed and Somerhalder want to create
a bubble of bliss in which to get to know their baby for the first 30 days; no, of
course not. It’s a beautiful idea. BUT COME ON?! A month of silence?
And the whole turning off of the phones? Seriously? Phones
are very useful when you have newborns. They take pictures, they call doctors
or nurses when you don’t know what to do, they have white noise apps to help the
baby sleep and you can order stuff for the baby on them so you don’t actually
have to take the baby out of the house for anything from diapers to groceries.
Who knows, maybe Reed and Somerhalder will successfully
complete their month of silence, but it doesn’t matter if they do or don’t because
all that really matters is that they have a happy, healthy and cared for little
Congratulations to the new parents, we wish them and their daughter the very best! And if you need something, you can just turn your phone on and tweet us. We'll be ready with some frozen meals and the offer to babysit while you nap.
People will share their advice and opinions, but some tips need to be dispelled as myths. First-time parents might be tempted to believe the idea that newborns sleep well, but they’re in for a rude awakening—at midnight, 3 a.m., and 5 a.m. The truth is that newborns sleep in cycles of about 2-3 hours and when they wake up they need changing, hugging, feeding, soothing, and then more sleep.