Friday, August 26, 2011

Keeping It Real

Everyone always goes on and on about how beautiful giving birth and bringing home baby is. The truth is that it's just as exhausting, ugly and harrowing. And it's often just plain insane--sans any charm whatsoever.

I've posted dozens of perfectly lovely photographs depicting the early days with Sabine. But as her birthday nears and we continue to imagine the possibility of her sequel, I'm inspired to post some images that illustrate how entirely f*cked up and impossible things felt with monster at her tiniest--we've come a long, long way. Phew.

The ugly truth:

I was falling asleep or crying. Probably both. And if Sabine was so tired she was yawning, why, for the love of god, wouldn't she just go to sleep? Or, is that jaw propped open in a bitch-feed-me-AGAIN-or-else kind of way?

Having just vomited and had a human being plucked from my womb--why are my eyelids yellowish green? And who knew Sabine would wear that tortured look consistently for the next five months?

There's a full set of luggage beneath my eyes.

Finally asleep--but I promise you she woke two minutes after this photo was snapped--all hell broke loose when that pacifier fell out of her mouth.

I've no idea what's going on here, but it looks like I'm about to drop my baby.

Just mad. And miserable.

I cannot explain what I wore back then--I think I lived in this ensemble for a week. And this image proves that even cute babies take bad photos.

Hope your weekend is honestly whatever it will be...


danamite said...

So I already adore your writing and now to see these brutally honest and incredible photos! THANK YOU! I am hoping to become a new mom soon and this reality just prepares me for the future... and makes me giggle!

Thank you so much for your wonderful blog!


Miss A said...

I love the pictures, and you're quite lovely despite the bags and lack of sleep.
I love your blog so much! But you already knew that.

Laura Mauk said...

@danamite, such a sweet comment and so nice to hear. thank you for taking the time to write it...there are no words for how exhausting and emotional those first 10 mos were. but now i really am in complete heaven. good luck to you!

Laura Mauk said...

@MissA, all i have to say is i'm so grateful for your readership and your comments. THANK YOU to the moon and back :)

Nancy said...

LOL...I love this post! Although motherhood is grand but dude, there are some WTF moments that people don't ever tell you about! By the way, Sabine looks adorable in every single picture I see here! <3

Laura Mauk said...

@Nancy, it's so one sent me the memo about the crazy parts...and thank you for the sabine compliment :)


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