Family is everything. Simple as that. Family makes everyone happy.
Especially this little guy.
It takes a village to raise a child.
I’ve experienced this firsthand even though William is just two weeks old. He came three weeks early unexpectedly. I had my baby shower the Sunday before which was just four days prior his arrival. The night before I went into labor, my mom had been at my house for four hours helping me sort through gifts and decide what would go where. She took home a laundry basket full of clothes, sheets, and towels to wash while I was at work. I panicked when I went into labor. Partly because I had no idea what to expect, but also because we had nothing ready. Sure, we had our furniture, but there weren’t sheets on his crib, the bassinet wasn’t set up, the car seat was not installed, and most stuff was still in boxes and bags.
My mom spent a good twelve hours at the hospital with me during my labor and delivery. My dad spent a good chunk of time, as well, but he was also busy running around town from store to store preparing our house for William. He installed our car seat bases in both of our cars. He built our bassinet. He fixed a million things in our house. He cleaned our house and scrubbed our garage. He did a lot more than just that, too. The following day my mom spent the entire day in our home organizing and getting William’s nursery ready. Words can’t even recount everything they did and they would never want to be recognized for their selfless work. But I know what they did and how much time and effort they put into it. And I can only hope they know how much I appreciate it.
If my momma wasn’t such a procrastinator, maybe she would have been more prepared for my early arrival. Oh my.
In addition to getting our house and William’s room ready, my mom has done anything and everything I’ve asked since he’s been here plus more. Including coming to my house at eleven o’clock at night his first night home when I was frantic and couldn’t get him to stop crying. She’s come over countless times, so I could take a nap for a couple hours. She’s even come over when William pooped and peed all over himself and I was too scared to give him a bath for the first time by myself. I literally couldn’t ask for better parents.
Everyone in our family has been awesome. Mama has come over to help me around the house, bring food, hold William, and give me words of wisdom about what to do with a newborn. Papa calls consistently to check up on William and ask if he’s ready to throw a baseball. Poppy gets the biggest smile on his face when holding William. Grandma Adelaide came to visit and bring us lots of food. Daddy Bob gets to meet William this morning. Jonny’s parents stocked our fridge when we were at the hospital, have brought us dinner, and love to hold William. Jonny and I literally have not cooked at all in two weeks as we’ve received so much food from our dear family. We’ve been overwhelmed with kindness by both our families and William is lucky to be so loved so soon.
Oh, and William actually has three moms. 😉
Haha. My mom and I stopped at Stephanie’s house after William’s first doctor appointment and we discovered that my mom and Stephanie had on the same shirt. Naturally, I made one of them let me borrow their shirt for a picture. When we sent the photo to Jonny, he remarked, “I thought I only married one of you. Guess I must be a stud!”
My mom and my sister both have taught me so much about being a mom. Stephanie has answered my million questions during my pregnancy, labor, delivery, and first couple weeks of William’s life. I called her at six o’clock in the morning when I went into labor asking, “What is going on?!” She slept over the second night William was home and took care of all his diaper changes, so I could try and sleep a little bit more. She’s obviously taken a million and one pictures of William already, but she’s also given me lots of Jacob’s newborn clothes as William was too small to fit into most of what we had. I can only hope I grow into half the momma that my mom and Stephanie are!
William is learning that family is everything, too.
Jonny has been amazing. He’s done everything possible for me and William to make us as comfortable as can be. He follows me around with my water jug to make sure I’m staying hydrated. He holds William the second he gets home from work and kisses us both good-bye in the morning. He’s been there for me through my tears of frustration with breastfeeding to all of William’s smiles. I’m proud to call him William’s dad.
We love our new little family. Family is everything.
Are you close with your family?