Newlyweds: The First Year stars Tina Sugandh and Tarz Ludwigsen welcomed a newborn, Tarz, a.k.a "Tarzie," in June. It's the first child for the married couple. And over the next few months, Tina will be sending dispatches about motherhood and sharing them with the Dish: she'll open up about everything from decorating her nursery to little Tarzie's first milestones. Check back for more updates. This week, Tina explains why it's torturous raising a newborn—but it's not for the reasons you think.
How dare I call cute little innocent babies "torture" you ask? I’ll get to that in a bit.
First, here’s our Mazel-Baby! The reason he’s wearing a Bravo/Andy Cohen "Mazel" onesie is because he was bitching about not being born in time to star on Newlyweds, so my hubby Tarz and I told him to quit being a crybaby, throw on a Mazel-onesie and try to look cute...and then maybe one day he can be a Bravolebrity like his Mama and Dada.
So whatcha’ think of our Mazel-baby? Pretty cute, huh? I guess he’s a keeper!
Tarzie’s now 2.5 months old and already a bit tall for his age! Just to be clear, I’m pretty sure the height thing is from the giant Nordic family I married into. (Us Indians are stereotyped for being intelligent and all that, but we’re definitely not known for towering over the masses.)
Check out Tarzie’s scrawny little body in this pic, back when he was just a month old. What a difference a few weeks makes!
OK. So now for the "babies are torture" explanation. I say that babies are torture because no one told me that I was going to become an emotional wreck after having my son. No, I’m not going through any sort of post-partum depression. I’ve always been super-sensitive and emotional as it is—and this little thing is so damn cute, that it has become downright torturous! Here’s an example:
In our family, we have something called "Pizza Friday." It's a sacred non-negotiable tradition where we force ourselves to stop work for a couple hours every Friday night, and the seven of us— Tina, Tarz, Baby-Tarz, our two sweet pups Xena & Loki, and our two stuffed pigs Peegu & Poofers—all cuddle on the same couch, stuff our faces to levels of possible regurgitation, and watch a movie.
I know the name of the show is "Newlyweds: The First Year" is going to be "Newlyweds: The Second Year"? Your baby is super cute. I hope bravo film another season.
Ugh what a self-absorbed witch! This is the same person who wanted to be pregnant so badly?? Babies are "torture" because you have to put them before yourself. I'm an adoptive mother, and I find it so unfair that a selfish, vile creature such like manages to have a baby when I couldn't. Good luck. You'll need it.....
suzygee511 Ummmm maybe that type of attitude and hate aimed at someone you don't even know, is why you haven't been blessed to have your natural-born child. Be GRATEFUL you were able to adopt. To be honest, I kinda feel sorry for the child you did adopt because your hate and bitterness is very clear. Was it more important to you to carry a child or be a mother???? Seek therapy to work out your anger instead of spewing it on people you are, quite frankly, envious of.
What a little doll your baby is! I'm old enough to be his grandma, hell..i'm old enough to be your grandma! And i want to let you know that I made it thru raising 4 babies who have all grown up into amazing adults with little ones of their own. My husband and I have our 39th anniversary this November and I could not have done it without him...he was a hands on dad! Our last two are the same age for over a month...someone once told me we had Catholic twins! I am so proud of them all and if you think your baby is pure joy...just wait until you become a grandma! Just as much love but without all the stress. You learn not to sweat the small stuff! BTW..is there going to be another season of your show?
Awe Tina reading this blog was a bit like you watching the movie Tarzan I laughed I was sad and i could really feel where You are coming from I myself have a 19 month old boy and a 7 year old so it wasnt all that long ago that i was feeling as you are and its nice to know your not the only one too you have to remember through all that torture come more torture lol but it will be different as they get older.... im so happy you share pics of the baby at the end of Newlyweds when we all found out you were pregnant i cried i was so happy that struggle for you was over and i cried because i know what its like to be a mom and as a mom you wish for every women who deserves it to have that feeling too i hope you and Tarz are enjoying Tarzie being an infant it really doesnt last long and before you know it he will be a toddler running around telling you "No Mama" (the new torture i was speaking of lol) i look forward to more of your blog posts much love and Happiness <3