Kristeen just sent me this and I thought I would pass it on. There is so much I want to say to all my friends having babies and I never feel like I can express it all or completely. Here is someone else's attempt:
An Open Letter to a New Momma
Go read it then come back.
I especially agree with the two paragraphs on 3am thoughts about sleep. When discussing Colin's sleep issues and multiple wake ups people often ask me 'How I do it?" and to be honest I've never really known. I just do. If you would have asked me in the year before I got pregnant if I could handle not sleeping for more than 4-6 hours a night for a year, I would have told you NO WAY. I always needed at least 7 hours to feel rested. Less than that and I would spend the day in a fog with a headache. Not true anymore I guess, and if I can do it I'm sure anyone can. I will tell you there were more than a handful of times when I teared up at 3am, but the good news is the times when those tears were because I felt blessed by those extra moments spent with my baby far outweighed the tears of frustration/desperation. Parenthood is an amazing thing, I will never be able to fully articulate how it feels but I'm loving it.