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a bit about the birds and the bees

We planned to wait right up to S’s due date to start explaining to Munchkin that he was about to become a big brother. The little man put those plans to rest with his usual mix of cheerful guilelessness and unanticipated perspicacity, sparking a series of hilarious conversations in the process.

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Table Mountain temptation

The allure of Table Mountain – towering over Cape Town, its verdant slopes beckoning with myriad hiking trails – was too strong to resist, even for S, who was five months pregnant.

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hatching big plans

“Papa has a nice body. And mama – mama has a big belly,” Munchkin declared thoughtfully after waking up in our bed the first morning of our Namibia trip.

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newborn nursery graduation

Munchkin had a bit of a rough start to life — not nearly as tough as the premature babies we saw in the NICU, but not one hundred percent smooth either.

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newborn euphoria

You watch your social media feed get cluttered with other people’s baby pictures and you say to yourself, “That won’t be me.” Then the big day arrives, you take one look at your newborn child, and you fall so instantaneously and completely in love that your brain gets warped a little. You find yourself skipping meals, ignoring your body’s feeble pleas for sleep, and losing track of time, holding — or just simply looking at — this tiny person who is so beautifully fragile and so completely dependent on you. You can’t be blamed for knowing in your heart that yours is the most adorable baby ever to be born.

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and nothing else matters…

The shock wore off by the time we reached the hospital, giving way to disbelief, bargaining, frustration, and ultimately acceptance, as S ran the full gamut of emotions before finally giving birth.

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eviction notice

S spent a lot of time reading about pregnancy and labor, mentally steeling herself for a painful, but natural delivery. She did her research, hired a doula, and toured the hospital with a labor & delivery nurse who also worked as a lactation consultant. S knew it would be difficult to avoid a medicalized birth in a hospital setting, but she was firm in her preferences and knew what she wanted. It came as quite a shock, therefore, when her carefully thought-out plans were rendered moot even before she went into labor.

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Just to dispel any lingering doubts regarding his feelings about being evicted from the womb

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welcome to the real world

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We spent a bit longer at the hospital than we had anticipated, but our little munchkin still arrived a few days ahead of schedule.

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the waiting game

With S’s due date rapidly approaching, the baby could literally come any day now, which makes for an unusual state of mind. On the one hand, we still make plans to spend time with friends and family. Yet at the same time we are trying to be realistic, knowing at the back of our minds that the baby can decide to make his appearance at any moment and that it is quite possible that we won’t keep any of our plans.

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get it while you can

Discussing the joys of parenthood with someone who has children when one does not yet have any of one’s own is not unlike witnessing the highs and lows of a bipolar episode. People will say that having children is the best thing that has happened to them, and in the same breath complain about no longer being able to go out to a movie, enjoy a romantic dinner, or sleep in past sunrise. They’ll talk about being up to their elbows in baby poo and implore you to treasure every moment because kids grow up so darn fast. Not surprisingly, the advice we hear most often from friends with young children is to enjoy our rapidly vanishing free time and get as much sleep as possible while we are still childless. 

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