The Life of Bon: What I didn't know about having a baby

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

What I didn't know about having a baby

It has been one week since June made her grand entrance into our world and turned the whole thing upside down.

I had heard so much about being a mom before I ever became a mom.  My two sisters had kids before me and almost all my friends had babies before me.  My family is all Mormon and Mormons love big families so I've got cousins with babies and aunts with babies and church member friends with babies and babies with babies!  I'm no stranger to babies!  I have seen and held and cuddled a lot of babies!  And boy, have I heard a lot of baby tales!

So what could I say about having a baby that someone out there doesn't already know?  What could I possibly add to the baby conversation?

There isn't much.  It's all been said before. Your breasts are sore. You love your baby like nothing else.  You feel inadequate. You feel overjoyed. You never sleep.

So I'll just add this.  June was delivered via C section.  I was totally passed out while they stitched me up, and when I came to Greg said that she had been taken to the NICU because of some concerns with her breathing.  Because of that, I didn't get to see June until an hour or two after I had her.  When Greg brought her to me and I held her in my arms for the first time, I was overcome with the most complete happiness I have ever known.  It was an all encompassing feeling, stronger than anything I have ever felt before.  It was like I could feel her sweet spirit, her innocence, her total perfection.  It was safety and peace and a very real, almost tangible sense of God's love for me.  It is the closest I have ever felt to my Heavenly Father, and for a brief moment it was as if I could feel what heaven must be like.

That is something I never knew about having a baby.

And now, hospital pictures!



First ever family picture.

Two hours into fatherhood- totally nailing it.


She gets this look from Greg.


 First family selfie.  Success!


 I die inside when she makes funny faces like this one.


 My college bestie, Sally.  Also, Utah is 95 degrees right now, but Sally lives in Phoenix so she wears sweaters when she visits Utah in July.

 I also die inside when she cries.  I think it's about the cutest thing ever.  I have a feeling that might wear off soon, though.

 Greg's parents.  June's middle name, Rebecca, is after Greg's mom.
(Also, I'm so mad because my mom was at the hospital with me every dang day and I didn't get a picture of her with June.)



Marianne and Adam, favorite cousins and future babysitters.  (Right guys, right?!?)

I can't get over her littleness.

After three days in the hospital, we're homeward bound!

46 comments:

  1. Awh!! Her facial expressions!!

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  2. So pretty and you look great! Congrats :) You'll have to change your 'about me' on the blog... you know when you get a free minute lol.

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  3. This is the sweetest we had a baby post. I'm also so proud of your perfectly painted nails and eyelashes. Leave it to me to notice those things:)

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  4. Oh my goodness...CONGRATS! She is beautiful!

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  5. Aww...Congrats! This is so amazing.

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  6. Bon, you are GLOWING in these pictures! Motherhood sure looks good on you :)

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  7. What a face! Too cute! Enjoy!!

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  8. I just love the first family selfie. You and Greg are both glowing, and June looks like she is smiling. She looks so peacefull.

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  9. Awh, she is the sweetest wee thing ever xx

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  10. She's so adorable!! I love her little expressions she's already making! Congratulations!

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  11. These are great pictures! She is beautiful. Congratulations again!

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  12. Newborn baby cries are the cutest thing! Before they reach full volume. :P All those faces - she is adorable!

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  13. Such a beautiful family. I love baby faces and baby cry. So happy for you!

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  14. Congrats to you and Greg! So cute!

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  15. Beautiful pictures!!! Congrats!!!

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  16. She is beautiful and so is this post. The love of a mother knows no bounds. Enjoy your sweet newborn.

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  17. Those facial expressions were just too much! Congratulations!

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  18. I love her facial expressions! She's beautiful. Congrats!

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  19. She is so tiny and beautiful!! You guys look so happy. Congratulations!

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  20. So happy for your new little family!

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  21. She's beautiful. And so tiny! We're due in January with our first. I'm liking being pregnant but reading this made me wish for the first time January would hurry up and get here!

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  22. Congratulations! She is absolutely precious!

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  23. She is beautiful! It is true that everything there ever was to say about motherhood has already been said, but it much different when you actually experience those statement. Motherhood is the most wonderful, best, beautiful, hardest thing you will ever do,and it is good for you too. Congrats!

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  24. Oh, she's adorable! Congratulations!

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  25. Congrats, Bon! She's a doll! I love the picture of just you holding her, looking down on her. (It's the one right above the one of your cousins.) It's beautiful and deserves to be blown up huge and proudly displayed!

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  26. Awww! She's so tiny and precious and perfect! Congrats, you two! And welcome to the world, Miss June!

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  27. She is so beautiful. Congrats! Soak up every moment and ever newness. Can't to see more of her around here!

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  28. Congrats! She is precious!

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  29. SHE IS SO CUTE! I AM DEAD! I AM WRITING THIS FROM THE BEYOND BECAUSE THE CUTENESS KILLED ME!

    Sorry, I don't normally go all capslock on people, but June is absolutely adorable. I am so happy for y'all!

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  30. love your going home outfit! congratulations bonnie and greg!

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  31. She's tiny! Very beautiful, I'm so happy for you and Greg. Also, is that a diet coke I spy, you're gonna need that caffeine! ;)

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  32. Congrats beautiful baby and name! That C-section was no joke huh? Whew when I woke up from mine I thought somebody had chopped me in half! Good luck and enjoy that little girl.

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  33. She is awesome - so are you! Way to go mama! Congrats on such a special event - welcome to the world June!

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  34. so much greatness in one post.

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  35. She is precious. :)

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  36. Cuteness :-) Thanks for sharing!

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  37. Congratulations! She's beautiful :)

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  38. I have to admit .. I am not interested in having a baby any time soon or almost ever, usually. However, how you described motherhood .. that one paragraph .. is the BEST description I have ever read and may have permanently changed my mind. How's that for power, huh?

    Congratulations. She's amazing.

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  39. ok so i laughed out loud when you said you smile when your baby cries... because.. I do the same! I think that Riley (my 5 week old) has the sweetest cry and I feel bad saying that I don't mind when she does cry. Ok, I do mind if we are out in public but you know what I mean! June has the most lovely facial expressions! congrats on your beautiful baby girl! And p.s. YOU look amazing, too! (Where did you get that killer dress???)

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  40. Congratulations! And, my sister also laughs when my nephew cries!

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  41. Congrats Bon! You look amazing for just having a baby!!!! She is adorable though!

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  42. What a cute little bundle of joy! I love her faces! Our babies are one day apart. So fun! Can't wait to meet little June and introduce her to her future BFF!

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  43. Congratulations! She is absolutely beautiful! Beautiful family. oxox, Amanda

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  44. Had my daughter the same way... Emergency c-section, completely sedated, woke up an hour later wondering what in the world was going on. You got to do what you got to do to get them here safely though, right?! Congrats! Cute family!

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  45. Your description of when you first held her brought tears to my eyes! So sweet! She's beautiful!

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