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Today, I did my hair and managed to get my wedding ring back on. Big day. Also, and don't hate me because I am just saying this for the record, I can't believe how flat my stomach is. You would never guess that I had a baby 9 days ago, so hurray for all those damned sit-ups.

I feel like I should say something profound and wonderful about Mia and motherhood, but the truth is I am so shell-shocked I can't seem to manage it. She is amazing, and I haven't been driven to tears by breastfeeding in days, so huge progress all around.

I don't know how single parents do it - I wouldn't have lasted a day without Chris. The simple sight of him sitting in the glider holding our daughter is by far the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Mia may blame me for many things later in life, but she will never be able to fault me for the choice of her father.

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I'm glad to hear things are going well for you, but am insanely jealous about the whole belly thing. My son is 4 and I am still trying to get rid of the belly. Ugh! Mia is beautiful. Simply beautiful.

Good to hear you accomplished two big things today! All these babies (it seems everywhere in my life) are really making me think that motherhood (and fatherhood) is quite a bit of work. Like, on whole other planet of being - but I'm sending you and Chris good thoughts. You two are wonderful, really, and Mia is so very lucky to have BOTH of you.

Gah, the flat belly thing gives us another reason to be insanely jealous...but since we think you're just fabulous we'll let it slide. I love the last line of your post. It's soo sweet! :o) Congrats again on an absolutely beautiful daughter!

So good to hear everything is going well and that your beautiful baby is doing wonderfully.
I don't even want to TALK about the flat belly. I'm not liking you very much over that :)

God, I could just kick myself in the head for not checking blogs for nearly two weeks. She is amazingly, incredibly beautiful and I'm thrilled for you and Chris.

Single parents do it every day by getting up in the morning and doing whatever has to be done. I don't know how to explain it any more than that. I know there's more to it, but for the life of me, at the end of the day? I'm too tired to remember the details.

ok, you just made me all teary eyed! even though i only know you through here...i must say i totally agree with you on that last sentence! bless your family beth.. you are right, there is nothing more beautiful than watching your husband, the love of your life, holding another love of your life, your child(ren)...its just as beautiful as they get older.

I am so happy to hear you are doing well, feeling better, and taking it day by day. I am sure that is the only way to deal with things in the beginning. Your daughter is absolutely gorgeous and I wish you the best of luck! You and Chris sound like awesome parents already!!! (Amelia Bedelia was one of my all-time favorites!!! I saw the flickr pic of you reading it to her! Good choice!!!)

awww she sounds like a little angel! and it's great your tits don't hurt so much anymore. was thinking the right boob should have been named Sore Oozer......

Told ya so about the belly!

Man, that is more than I can say about my kids' father. You are damn smart and damn lucky.

Awh thats lovely. I can't wait to have that feeling. Feeling quite emotional now.

I am glad that you are feeling better.

Great news on the belly. I am still trying to get rid of my belly from my second son who will be a year old next month.

Doesn't it feel surreal that the baby is here in you arms? I felt that way with both my sons. It is an awesome feeling.

I'm so happy for you and all your progress. :-) Puts life into perspective, huh? it's great that you have a flat belly! The body is amazing, huh?

Good for you! Rest when you can and ALWAYS celebrate your milestones, no matter how small! Mia is beautiful, and you are blessed to have such a wonderful and loving hubby!

I hate you just a little, as my stomache has never been flat, but I admire you and respect you too so it all evens out in the end hee :-)
Isn't it amazing figuring out this child of yours?? And yes it IS hard work but you handle it well! And thanks for the nod to us single parents, I appreciate it. However, I KNOW you would have done well as a single mom because you would have had to as we single parents have had too, but it is SO nice you have such a good partner and husband in Chris!!!

Hooray for hair-dos and wedding rings! There's beauty in every single milestone!

You don't need to say something profound. The fact that you say how shell-shocked you are says it all!

I was amazed to watch the scale go down 20 pounds in the first week and a half...those last ten can be stubborn.

Kisses to Mia xxxxx

I was born with a non-flat stomach and thinking about the amount of work that I will have to do in order to obtain one makes me cringe. You're very lucky.

I'm glad things are going well for you guys. Mia is very lucky to have you guys for parents.

So I've asked everyone I know... how far along were you when you needed to take your wedding ring off? Noone ever remembers - only that they had to take it off at some point before it cut off their circulation. I'm so afraid some morning I'll wake up and realize that I need to have the thing cut off b/c it's so tight. :) So yeah, you were JUST there so I thought I'd ask you.

Glad to hear you're getting some routine back in your days!

Ohh Beth I am so happy for you and Chris. Mia is so beautiful! Your both going to make such wonderful parents. Enjoy every single second!!! It passes by much too quickly!

I've been away the past week and now I come back to see all this pictures of Mia and you, and it's wonderful. I'm so amazed.
You're both beautiful. You are blessed.

That has got to be the sweetest thing I've heard all day!

Yay for flat stomachs! :))

I'm glad breastfeeding doesn't hurt as much as it did anymore. Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures.

i think the both of you are going to make pretty hip and fun parents, now and in the future :)

mia is lucky to have two wonderful amazing parents.

and i totally hate you for the flat belly thing.... ;)

That final sentence says a world of words and meaning.

I'm glad things are starting to move into some semblence of normalcy for you. ie the ring back on your finger and stomach flat (lucky girl!)

I'm so happy for the three of you. I'm glad you truly appreciate Chris... by the sound of things, I bet he's going to be a wonderful father and that's truly a blessing. My biggest regret is that my children's father wasn't the same kind of guy as Chris.

By the way, it sounds like you are doing an amazing job, too! Y'all are a lovely, little family!

Not being able to fault you for choosing her father is an awesome gift! Believe me!

Sweet --- ah yes -- the early stages of parenthood.... pure bliss... Enjoy it while you can :-)

I'm so happy for you two...

Yay! On the nips not being so sore... Hang in there with that if you can - it is soooo much easier in the long run than bottles!

There's nothing like the feeling you get when you see your man loving on your baby - Nothing!!

Excellent report. Keep up the good work, you three.


yikes, reading you guys blogs is making me CRY!!! again, i am so happy for tou, even though i dont know know what i mean :)

my daughter is 22 months old, she is the youngest of 3. I am not so much jealous of you getting into your jeans(props to you)but more of all the fabulous, crazy, amazing stuff your having to go the way, it will only get better!

Speaking of the flat stomach, how long were you able to keep up the workouts? Did your doctor advise against doing them after a while (just curious for when I do get pregnant)?

So many more milestones ahead of you, I'm almost jealous, but you know, I had my turn. Tag, you're it! :)

Amen on husbands being helpful!! Having Tony be such a truly awesome father has made me say many times how thankful I am that I'm not a single mom. I honestly have HUGE respect for single mom's because I know I would not keep my sanity for more than 3 days if I were one!

I did it with the help of my Mom, she took a week off for me when I came home from the hospital.

I couldn't imagine being a single parent without the support system I have.

Yay on the belly! I so miss that breastfeeding diet plan. I swear it works miracles! I can't tell you anything you haven't already been told about the ouchy nipples. Sorry chica.

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