What can I tell you..learning how to be a parent is definitely a "sink or swim" situation The learning curve is forgiving, but you certainly get tossed into it pretty quick without much time for practice! And by "much time," I really mean "no time." Fortunately, babies are pretty forgiving as long as you keep them cleaned, diapered and burped.
Jesse and I are doing pretty well I think. My biggest stress has been about the whole moving thing and that dog of ours. He's handled her like a champ, always ready to lick her face or tear apart a diaper, but it's just his boundless energy that stresses me out. I haven't been able to take him on his long walks or to the doggy park to play, so it's been a little rough trying to keep him entertained and convince him to sleep all day (which would really be ideal, but sadly, we have a young puppy and not an old man). The first week was a bit of a stress for me, just because I was super paranoid about being a good mom. Jesse and Joel have both informed me that if crack addicts can be parents, I can certainly be a good parent. That and all the ice cream that is in the house really helped. And we have so much ice cream because during the pushing part of delivery, when Betsy and Jesse were trying to help with encouraging "just think of what you're doing this for!" and my response was "ice cream," Jesse felt that he definitely needed to have some in the house for me (such a good guy).
So far in our parenting endeavors, I've had a booger wiped on me; a doctors appointment that went really well; and Jesse got pooped on, which caused me endless entertainment. Other than that..Lily is a sleeping champ (thank you, daughter) and nursing is going really well.
Currently, my parents are visiting and doing a fabulous job of snuggling with Lily and helping Jesse and me move.
She kinda looks like me now..(I'm the top picture, Jesse is the bottom)