What I've forgotten in three years
1. How soft they are--their skin, their hair, everything
2. The funny noises they make when they a) fill their diaper, b) hiccup (like a squeak toy!) c) burp like a fraternity boy
3. How sometimes nothing irritates a baby's colon quite like a clean diaper
4. How very little they are--and it all works! Those tiny fingernails are actually growing
5. How many funny expressions they make. "I love you. You're the only competent one around here." Or "Who are you and why are you in my personal space?"
6. How tranquilizing it is to hold them. The narcolepsy sets in right after the epidural wears off.
7. That new-baby smell. Milk and warmth and newness.
8. Latching on isn't all oxytocin and fuzziness; sometimes it borders on pain even if only for a moment
9. As sleepy as they are, it doesn't last for more than four hours
10. It doesn't last forever. The good or the bad--none of it stays.