Do this one thing after you give birth

Last night as I lay awake counting sheep (going through my photos on my phone) I came across a photo I took the day after I gave birth to my newborn baby.  It brought a tear to my eye and this is why.

I can remember the day clearly.

I was still in hospital.  My hubby and mum had returned home for the afternoon to give bub and I some rest.  It was the first time I was left alone with my brand new baby and I was nervous.  I can recall not sleeping at all.  Instead I lay on the bed and looked at him with wide, amazed eyes through his plastic hospital crib.

I couldn’t believe he was mine.  An actual real life baby that I had made.  He had ten little fingers and ten little toes, two perfect ears and one little button nose.  I was completely and utterly overwhelmed with emotion and love.  I couldn’t believe what I had done over the last nine months let alone the previous 24-36 hours to bring this beautiful little man into the world.  I wanted to cherish this moment forever.

So I took a photo.

do yourself a favour

Just one.

A photo from my line of sight directly into his cot.  He was lying on his back, fast asleep.  In my eyes he was beautiful.  Perfect.

No one else knows the significance of this photo.  No one knows how much emotion I had.  No one knows the utterly overwhelming love I felt at that moment.  This is why I captured it.

Time goes so quickly.  My little man is now 7 months old.  I have been so caught up in my journey as a new mum that I have largely forgotten those feelings when he was born.

That is, until I saw this photo.  And all that overwhelming emotion returned.

So do yourself a favour.

After you give birth to your baby, and as you look at them with wide, awestruck eyes through their crib, get out your camera and take a quick photo.  You won’t regret it, and you will remember the moment forever.

Did you take a photo of your baby the first time you were alone with them?  Tell us your story in the comments below…

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About Lauren Jackman (161 Articles)
Lauren Jackman is the author of Canberra Mummy. A self-confessed perfectionist, Lauren writes about the truth about pregnancy and parenting for perfectionist mummies. Lauren is a mum, wife, author, runner and a not a bad cook

4 Comments on Do this one thing after you give birth

  1. The tears welled as I read this beautiful blog. I have one of these photos to cherish also.. it was the most precious and memorable moment of our first few days together, at the time I had no idea how special the image would become in months ahead. x

  2. Photos are definitely wellsprings for memory. Thanks for this reminder that we need to capture the little moments now so we can enjoy them later. 🙂 🙂 …pinned!

  3. That was beautiful. Your child is so beautiful. I had to learn that the hard way because while I had all that emotion running wild inside me after seeing my first born lying next to me, I immediately jumped out of the bed to greet him 2 minutes after delivering him… I ended up greeting the floor instead. After I regained consciousness, there he was again, snuggled up and looking adorable. I remembered the camera then. Hehe. Beautiful story from one mom to another.

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