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Welcome, Heidi Ann - - My Burden And My Joy
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Welcome, Heidi Ann  -   -  My Burden And My Joy

Heidi Ann, our daughter, arrived! She was born on May 26, close to 9pm. She's a pretty thing, with her full head of hair. At almost 8 weeks, she smiles when you talk to her, and she even at times talks back. She's a surprise to us in that we were not expecting a baby girl. Yet, now we are quite used to the idea. While there's so much to share (such as how she was born on two of her great uncle's birthdays and how she measured 19 inches long, but two days later measured a more exact 21.5 inches long), in this writing, I'd like to focus not only on the joys of parenthood, but also on the challenges.

I'm a member of an online breastfeeding forum. I particularly love being a part of it. As I read the comments and questions of the other women on the forum, something sticks out to me. What sticks out is the fact that sometimes things don't go as you plan or as you hope. Parenthood brings with it joy. At the same time, it brings burden.

Take for example, pregnancy. While some women perhaps have a quite easy 40 weeks of carrying the child, others face difficulty. While some women LOVE being pregnant, others can't wait till it's over. Nausea can be a beast, sciatic nerve pain a monster, and sleepless nights a misery. Pregnancy brings excitement, but with it can also come disagreement.

Yet, while the pregnancy itself can be both exciting and challenging, the process of giving birth is quite another thing. The pain of naturally giving birth to a child is perhaps unmatched. It is this pain that a number of mothers refer to in my online forum. The unexpected 40 hour labor; the unexpected traumatic experience that has taken you surprisingly close to death. The birth of a child is miraculous, but it can also leave you scarred.

Interestingly, after the birth of the baby, there's so much more to yet experience. The baby suckles. It's a beautiful thing, the child feeding from your body the first hour after birth. And yet, for a time, scabs and blood can be associated with feedings. And then there is the possible worry of, "Is my child getting enough?"

Parenthood brings with it joy, joy of a new life . . . a life that comes from your own body no less. But parenthood, above all, brings responsibility. It brings servanthood. Gone are the days when only YOU matter. Gone are the days when you can go and come as you please, for you have a baby to care for. You have a person's life who depends on you; you have a child to raise, a person to shape. Parenthood is the greatest task that you have ever been given to do. It is exhausting. It is a burden.

Yet . . . you wouldn't trade it. Despite all of its challenges, the blessing of it far outweighs its curse. Just like the women on the forum, though they've experienced trial, they keep going, they keep loving their babies--they keep serving them because it's the good thing to do, the right thing to do. While a tear may be shed here and there over an exhausting day, a smile is cast when the little one gives you a hug, when the little one sings a song, or when the little one learns a new word.

Parenthood, while hard, is wonderful. Thus, to our little daughter, we say, " Welcome, Heidi Ann!" You are our burden, yes, unlike one we've never had. But you are also our joy, and for that we are grateful, tremendously grateful. Welcome, Heidi! We love you.


Street Talk

Congrats and what a lovely baby!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks, Shawn!

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  about 1 decade ago

Great article Penny, all the feelings and thoughts that come with having babies.. Great.

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks, Sharon:)

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  about 1 decade ago
joe witt  

Sweet, wonderful article Penny

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks, Joe:)

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  about 1 decade ago

Penny this is such a lovely article, showing an obvious love for your daughter, they are much easier than sons who have that little peddle that waits till you've loosen the nappy and then perform the duty with a big smile on their faces, peeing all over the place... any child is a blessing from God and no matter what lies ahead one will always have the bond of Mother and Daughter, naturally Daughters love theior Fathers more than Mothers because we give in so much easier.. enjoy your bundle of joy.. and beware time passes so quickly.. a time comes when you sit back and say I wish I'd done that with her.. so do all you can while they're young and never regret the time that passes.. I am so pleased for you and your husband, a girl is not easy to make, they say you haven't goit it right till you have created a daughter, I have two of them... and I love all my kids even though they are now giving me the joy of grand children (that makes you feel old by the way) I now have 7 Grand Kids, spoil them and teach them all the wrong things, getting my own back...love it...

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks, Rob, for all of your sweet words. It's exciting to have a daughter. I truly thought I was perhaps only capable of raising boys, since that's all I knew and since I'm more a tom boy than a girly girl. But having Heidi seems second nature. Glad for that! Yes, time does pass quickly, so I want to heed the words you say regarding it :) . . . Thanks again, Rob. It's so nice that you have grandchildren now (though they make you feel old!).

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  about 1 decade ago

Awesome! You sound like a great Mother. Greatest joys and blessings come as we parent. I have just a little personal knowledge about children (I have 9 kids of my own, Yes all with the same woman, and no I am not Mormom, or Catholic! LOL) Enjoy and Congrats!

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  about 1 decade ago

9 kids! Whoa!! My wallet just shrank in fear hearing that ;-)

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  about 1 decade ago

Why do you think I am here checking out Penny Saved! LOL They are pretty much grown and out on their own now!

  
  about 1 decade ago

lol. Thanks, McK. 9 kids, wow! You must be Lutheran! jk

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  about 1 decade ago

blessings to your family:)

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks for that and Lutheran? LOL Nope, haven't really called myself anything, 'cept I love going to the Cowboy Church in Greeley, CO. So I guess I am a Cowboy! LOL

  
  about 1 decade ago

Damn Mac I now have a greater respect for you than I had before... a brave man, with an obvious love for each and every one of them... I've three and that was hard enough... they made me bald early... yet I am very proud of each and every one.. good for you Bud...

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  about 1 decade ago
AJ  

CONGRATULATIONS! And welcome to this world Heidi Ann. A beautiful article about motherhood, lots of truths in there and as you say we wouldn't trade it for anything.

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  about 1 decade ago

Right on, AJ. We wouldn't trade it:)

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  about 1 decade ago

She is very beautiful! Congrats!!!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks, David!

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  about 1 decade ago

Great article. Thanks for sharing

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks, John. Thanks for reading:)

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  about 1 decade ago

She's beautiful!

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  about 1 decade ago

Thanks, Lacey:)

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  about 1 decade ago
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