Little fingers, little toes, little eyes, little nose.. After being so used to nursing with the elderly, I barely know how to take care of someone so…little. Although some of the elderly people I have cared for are basically just like large babies, this is different. This is so fragile, so new. This baby has never been anywhere else, lived anywhere else, loved anyone else. I am responsible for her everything. What a scary thought! Although at 24, I feel sort of “older” for a parent. Most of my friends have already had one, two, or three children already! So I feel out of the loop. Everyone around me is so experienced in this, nothing really surprises them. Our daughter, Mia, has to wear mittens 24/7 because her favorite thing to do is scratch the ever-loving crap out of her face! The other day, she wrangled out of one of her mittens, brought her thumb to her mouth, and sucked it! You should have seen the look on her proud parents’ faces. I mean, you would have thought she just won the nobel peace prize or something!
It’s so funny how our lives have changed in the last 8 weeks. We used to sit around, bored, trying to find something to do. I sat on the computer, or on Facebook on my phone, while Wes would play video games or make music all night. Now, we are engulfed in this new life of parenthood. But, we wouldn’t change anything. We sit and stare at her while she sleeps, we cheer her on as she is trying to burp, we do things we never thought we would do. But, it’s literally the best thing we have ever done. All of these little things we do for this little girl, and let me tell ya, it’s a little bit amazing.