Moms are very quick to offer advice to pregnant first-timers. All of what they tell you is true. You’ve heard it already if you are expecting, but here is what I wasn’t told about having a baby and this is the stuff I like to share with expecting moms:
1. When my milk came in overnight I woke up and looked in the mirror and admired my new AMAZING implants. It seriously looked like I had just been blessed with a boob job, a good one too! Sure, they were sore but at least it was the one improvement to my post-baby body! My husband couldn’t stop staring and it was definitely a “look but don’t touch” situation.
2. Cluster feeding. What’s that?! That, my friend, is the worst exhaustion I’ve ever experienced. You want to perform some hypnosis on your child to convince him that he is full and can really go to sleep. Trigger would feed for 20 minutes, sleep for 15 minutes, feed for 20 minutes, sleep for 15 minutes…repeat for about 4 hours. Usually from 10pm to 2am. Why wasn’t he full? I am sure I was empty (aka droopy, saggy boobs. I want my implants back!!!!). Luckily this stopped when he was a month old and I didn’t mind the 4am feeding as long as I got a couple more hours of sleep at some point throughout the day.
3. I knew I would love my baby but I had no clue how much love I could feel. I spent the first few nights just staring at him and smiling. My heart felt like it was overflowing with love and happiness. It’s a different type of love from when you marry your best friend. I won’t say it’s better, just different 🙂
4. You won’t sleep. But you also won’t WANT to sleep when you first meet your baby. They are too miraculous and you will want to stay up and admire every move they make. (See delicious baby above) You also won’t want to sleep when they nap because you’ll want to change your clothes that you’ve been wearing for two days, take a shower to wash off the milk that dripped down your belly and to your thighs, do a load of laundry so you have some clean yoga pants, and maybe have a conversation with your husband or call a friend. Call the friend/sister that makes you laugh because it recharges your energy level!
5. You know those people who post WAY TOO MUCH on social media?! You’ll become one of them! Because becoming a parent is the greatest gift and pleasure you can imagine and you want to share that with your friends and family that live out-of-town.