As a first time mom these past 5 months have been the best and the hardest of my life. I almost remember what sleeping through the night felt like...almost lol. Fletcher has changed my life in so many ways. Whether this helps any of you expecting, or even just gives you a laugh I feel like i've done my part.
1. Feelings and hormones
If you think your hormonal during pregnancy just wait until after that sweet baby arrives. I will never forget all of those feelings I had after having my son. You are so happy that you cry. You are so scared and so overwhelmed you cry. You are so tired you cry. Catch the theme here? Your body is trying to go back to normal and it takes a while to adjust. It takes 9 months to grow a little human so don't expect your hormones to go back to normal right away.
2. Sleep deprivation is a thing
You will never be as tired as you are as a new mom. When you do have the chance to sleep you will more than likely be worrying about your baby and won't sleep anyway. My husband thought it was the craziest thing when I would jolt out of a dead sleep on the couch when our baby made the slightest coo in his sleep. I still don't sleep as much as I'd like but please don't get me wrong. It's the best kind of sleep deprivation!
3. You will feel like the hot mess express
I am not quite sure how those mom's who look put together can pull it off after caring for a baby all day. How is it possible to be polished and put together? I am lucky if I can change out of my robe and bed head combo before its time to put pjs on again. This may be a little different if your baby sleeps. Fletcher has never really been a fan of sleeping so day time I get about 30 minute naps out of him. Thats when I pick whether I want to eat or shower? Write part of a blog post or take a quick nap? 30 minutes fly by rather quickly! When I manage to shower, wash my hair and put makeup on I feel like i've really accomplished something that day ;) .
4. Unwanted opinions
I'm sure this may happen whether this is your first child or fifth ( may be a bit stronger with your first though). Everyone is going to tell you how to do your job, it's bound to happen. It will more than likely be out of love but you will receive more opinions than you know what to do with. Just smile and ignore it. Some things may actually help though so maybe listen? lol
5. You will be more in love then you thought possible
I know people are going to tell you this a thousand times. I guess ill be the 1,001st person to tell you that it's 1000% true. You love that baby when you're pregnant, there's no doubt about that. When you have your baby it is on a whole other level! After I had my son I spent my first night in the hospital just staring at him wishing I could hold him. I couldn't even sleep because I was so excited. Now I'm sure part of that was the adrenaline of just giving birth naturally, but I just couldn't believe how much I loved someone I just met. It's the most incredible feeling in the world.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read my list of things I've learned as a new mom! Is there anything you learned as a new mom? I'd love to know! See you back here next Friday.