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Along Came Dumpling

The first weeks of the Dumpling’s life were delightful; a joy like I have never felt before.

Well…not exaclty…

We were thrilled, of course, to have a healthy baby girl. The picture above was taken the day we took her home from the hospital. Josh carried the car seat with our sleeping Dumpling into our apartment. We picked her up and put her right in the crib. We had stared at that crib for months, unable, despite my growing stomach, to fathom that a baby would soon fill it. But, here was the moment. Here was our baby fast asleep in that very crib. I could not believe it was actually happening. I cried. I was so overjoyed and proud of her. I still look at that picture and remember that feeling of total overwhelming gratitude and emotion.


No one ever talks about how hard it is to care for a newborn. They’ll make passing remarks here or there about challenges with sleeping or crying. But, no one will dare elaborate on just how difficult it is to spend day and night for months caring for a tiny, crying, pooping, peeing blob. That is, until you are in possession of your very own blob. Once you have the baby, suddenly everyone who has a kid creeps up beside you and whispers, “It gets better,” implying they knew how hard it was all along but chose not to say anything because they are into sick jokes. Continue reading