What you REALLY need to know about having a baby!
When I was pregnant, everyone wanted to tell me stories about pregnancy or being a parent (most of them I didn’t wanna hear). Now, let me just say these stories were NOT good stories. Why is it that everyone wants to tell you their horror stories about being a parent? That’s not what you should be telling a first-time mom who has raging hormones and is about to pop!
So, I’m going to set the record straight and give all you first-time moms some GOOD news.
IT’S NOT THAT BAD!!
*First: LABOR, is not terrible! We live in a day where technology has progressed and with that comes good drugs. I know some moms don’t want to take any meds and I totally respect that. But for me, I wanted them so I could be comfortable and enjoy the experience. So, I had an epidural, and my labor was cake. As a bonus, I don’t have any after effects from it…
*Second: SLEEP, I got plenty of it! You just need to be strategic about it. When my son was asleep so was I. I didn’t care what time of day it was, what I was doing or who was over. If he was out, so was I. Laundry, dishes, dinner, it all can wait. Besides, for the first week or month, you will have so many people over… Put them to work!!! Rest is the best way to heal and to keep your sanity so you can enjoy your new Little One.
*Third: Bodily fluids are seriously way exaggerated. Maybe once or twice, I was peed, pooped, or vomited on. To be honest, I don’t remember it ever happening, but I’m sure it did. I might just be lucky. I will say that I was so careful when I changed my son (moms with lil boys know what I’m talking about) and usually used a towel instead of a burp cloth. I defiantly have more contact with body fluids NOW since my son thinks that spitting, licking, and farting is funny.
*Finally: Your life is not over just because you have kids. We didn’t get a sitter or stay home just because we had a baby. He always went with us. We went to the movies, to dinner, sporting events, etc. We didn’t stop doing what we loved just because we had a baby.
To be honest, even the “bad” days aren’t that bad. When you’re at the moment, it’s hard to see it, but once you look back, you realize they were some of the best days. You have this little human that you created, and they love you so much that nothing else even matters. All the hard times just fade away, and you’re left with only the good memories.