- Coffee is magic in a mug. On average I reheat my coffee 2-3 times a day before I can actually finish it between feedings, playtime and nap time, but it’s pretty much my lifeline. Thank goodness for microwaves.
- Recovery from birth WILL eventually come. It might not seem like you will ever be able to walk, or sit, or go to the bathroom normally again. But you will. Eventually.
- Husbands aren’t just for heavy lifting. After giving birth, it’s REALLY hard to get around, even get out of bed. Stuart literally had to help me get my legs to the side of the bed so I could stand up, and then put my legs back up on the bed to lay back down. It was kind of pathetic. (But then I remembered why it was that way, and I felt a little less pathetic.) Anyway…since I was recovering from birth, Stuart changed 95% of Knox’s diapers the entire time we were in the hospital and for a while after we got home. No joke. He was super man.
So, husbands out there, (if there’s any husbands even reading this post) step up and don’t be afraid of a little poop…even if it looks more like something that was meant to patch holes in highways than something that should be coming out of your adorable, newborn baby.
- Crying isn’t just for babies. (Although they do it a lot…) Blame it on the hormones or whatnot, but even if it’s crying over something like “I just love him SOOO much, I can’t even handle it,” (or, “it’s been 5 hours, why hasn’t he fallen asleep yet?!?”) you will find yourself crying for both silly and desperate reasons.
- Thank goodness cell phone plans are not pay-by-text anymore. I’ve always been somewhat of a textaholic, so just in general, my bank account is glad texting is unlimited these days. But since becoming a mom, I found myself needing to hear a lot of advice, encouragement and affirmation from other moms. And although I am so very thankful for each mom friend I have, and for the most part I know veteran moms try to be very empathetic to new moms, I will say there are certain questions you can only ask certain people. Things like “is his poop supposed to be that color?” (complete with picture) or “are my boobs really supposed to get THIS big?” (without picture…) My sister-in-law, Annie, has definitely become my go-to mom, (which makes sense since she’s basically my go-to on life in general…) and she can attest to the fact that I have probably texted her about everything under the sun relating to babies, motherhood and bodily fluids over the past 2 months. I’m not sure there’s even a number big enough to count the amount of texts I’ve sent her, frantic to be assured I haven’t totally screwed up this mom thing. (So as a note to all my future mom friends, I will GLADLY be that no-judgement friend you can feel total freedom to text about ANYTHING!)
- Full-length mirrors are the devil. In preparation for your postpartum body, you should seriously consider getting rid of every single one. You won’t need to check out your outfit, because you’ll end up rotating between the same 3 or 4…dependent on #14 below.
- Your baby will matter more than sleep. You will work sooooooooo hard to get your baby to sleep so YOU can sleep, but after he/she finally sleeps, you’ll find yourself just staring at them, forgetting how tired you once were.
- Bodily functions that used to be considered gross are all of the sudden ADORBS. Adult sneezes = sick, nasty germ spreaders. Baby sneezes = cutest little squeaks in.the.world. Even if you get sprayed by spit.
- Always be prepared for the WORST when traveling. Whenever you finally decide you can handle a long outing to somewhere that’s over 15 minutes away, (say, for example, Ikea…) always, always, ALWAYS bring at least 5 extra outfits for baby, and a few for yourself too. Because undoubtedly, your baby WILL have an explosive poop as soon as you walk in the door, getting poop all over himself, his carseat and YOU. Then he will proceed to scream bloody murder the entire time you change him, making everyone think you’re torturing your baby. And then of course he’ll do it all over again…twice.
- Pumping bra. Never has a multi-tasking object been so ridiculous and so wonderful at the same time. You WILL feel like a cow, but at least you’ll be a happy cow, because you are able to do more than just sit there being milked.
- Community takes on a whole new meaning. I have a few online mom friends who I don’t see on a daily (or weekly, or monthly) basis, but we chat on Facebook and/or Instagram, and it’s nice to know even far away, other moms are going through what I’m going through at that very moment sometimes. (Especially if it’s 3:00am!)
- Babies are controversial. Have you heard the slogan for the gym, Planet Fitness, “The Judgement Free Zone”? That should be the moto of motherhood. There are a LOT of opinions out there, and a lot of controversy around different topics that you’d never expect. Cry it out vs. attachment. Co-sleeping vs. baby in their own room. Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding. Stay-at-home mom vs. working mom. The one piece of advice I got from a ton of mom friends (other than, sleep when the baby sleeps, which is TOTALLY true.) is TRUST YOUR GUT. Every baby is different and every situation is different. Do what you feel is best for your baby and yourself, and be confident in yourself. I’ve learned that it’s ok to ask a friend what they do, and decide you want to do something different. Neither option is wrong, they’re just different. And that’s ok!
- Babywearing is the most amazing use of one long piece of fabric ever created. We moved to Ohio just a couple weeks ago, and Knox was only 6 weeks old. We had no schedule and we had a TON to pack/unpack/organize, so being able to strap him to my chest and know he would sleep for the next few hours, safe and secure while I got stuff done, was a huge relief.
- The yardstick with which you use to measure the cleanliness of your clothes will COMPLETELY change. Does it just have spit up on it? CLEAN. Does it have a lot of spit up on it…but you only have 1 or 2 clean shirts left? CLEAN. Does it have spit up, and a really small splatter of poop on it? It depends: if you have no company coming over, haven’t showered (so you’re dirty anyway) and it’s early in the day (so you’ll probably get more spit up or poop on it at some point) then it’s CLEAN. Does it have enough spit up, poop, throw up, urine or any other bodily fluid that even your baby is pushing away from you and crying at the mere stench of your being? Probbbbbably time to change…of course that is if your baby is asleep, OR will allow you to put him/her down long enough to quick take your shirt off, find another clean one, and slip it on in under 10 seconds.
- Motherhood can be crazy hard at moments (and crazy dirty), but no matter how difficult it is, it’s the biggest blessing in life.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”