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Introducing Nathaniel Martin

May 13, 2010 by  
Filed under Pregnancy

Our very own contributor Candice (aka Bookish Penguin) gave birth to her first child Nathaniel Martin. He was born on May 10,  2010 at 9:51am, weighing 8 pounds, 21 inches, and healthy as can be.

Here is Candice in her own words from her blog;

Mommy is: crazy happy, incredibly tired (how do you live on 3 hrs of sleep a night and no naps???), terribly happy to have the hubby

being the best dad ever, super emotional on the turn of a dime, and on day three of exclusive breastfeeding . . . and loving it when it works well and hating it more than anything when it’s problematic.  So, all in all, I think this is normal.  (Yes?)

Yes, Candice, its all normal — and get ready for more! I was scared out of my mind when I had my daughter Grace, especially since I never changed a diaper in my life (my husband had to show me how to do it).

Your boy is amazing and so are you. Enjoy every single minute, and take time to sit back, breathe, look at him and absorb what an amazing little miracle he is.

Hey Moms, Grandmas, and Aunts out there, let’s give Candice some help: What is the best advice you ever got on taking care of your baby?



5 Responses to “Introducing Nathaniel Martin”
  1. love2eatinpa says:

    congrats candice!!!! your boy is beautiful!!!
    my advice – do not be proud, accept and any all help that is offered so you can get some sleep!

  2. Congrats! You look gorgeous and so does baby boy!

    If I could do it again, I wouldn’t worry about doing what I ‘should’ do to be a ‘good’ mother in ‘their’ eyes. I now have a special needs child and I realize how much that took away from me enjoying my kids and them enjoying me. Also: confidence in motherhood. You really do know what’s best. You and your husband are enough. You don’t need to impress/listen to/keep up with anyone.

  3. Atchka! says:

    Congratulations Candice! He’s beautiful!

    I’m a Dad, but I hope my advice holds…

    At the hospital, when they ask if you want the baby in your room during your hospital stay, SAY NO!!!

    Get sleep while you can because it’s going to be a looooooooooooooooooooooong time before you’re able to get an adequate amount of rest.

    And advice for your husband: keep an eye out for any signs that your wife may be struggling with post-partum depression. She may not be able or willing to recognize the emotional changes that can overwhelm her while caring for a new baby and your vigilance can help her avoid descending into a difficult mentality.

    You’re a team now, so pull together and get this kid on a path to a long and loving lifetime.


  4. Candice says:

    Thanks for the advice! I am always open to hearing other people’s suggestions (whether I follow them or not, right?) 😉

    Atchka: I’ll pass on what you said to my husband. Thank you. You make a really, really important point. New parents are so overwhelmed and it can be easy to forget that it’s not just the baby that needs some attention and care.

  5. Catgal says:

    I am not a parent myself, but I am a Godmother, and have learned by observation that children need a schedule. I understand demand feeding and all that, but when your beautiful Nathaniel (love the name BTW) is old enough to take naps and have regular eating and bedtime schedules, stick to them… Oh and if you put him “down” for a nap or what-have-you and he cries, let him cry for at least 5 minutes before you go in work up to 15. Babies need to learn how to self-soothe themselves. It sound awful, but I have seen it work.

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