- When moms say they don't even remember their baby as a very new infant, they really are telling the truth.
- Sleep is the best thing ever. But sleeping with a baby is the very best thing ever.
- You really will worry every time something is wrong. Even if it's something minor. You're that person.
- You'll cry when you go back to work. You'll move on and become a productive worker again, but those first few days suck.
- The baby really will be fine. Most of the choices six of one, half dozen of the other.
- If you stress out, so will the baby. This does not make not-stressing-out any easier.
- You'll become someone who gets sad and/or cries when something happens to a fictional baby on TV.
- You only have to become part of the mommy wars if you want to be. When in doubt, stay off the damn Internet.
- Make time for other people. Your friends, your family, and especially your spouse. This may be harder than it seems, but it's vitally important.
- Babies reach milestones on their own time. Don't compare your kid to others. This is difficult.
- You really will use a baby voice. So will everyone else you know.
- You will love that baby more than you thought you ever could.
- You may love being pregnant, and you may love the child growing inside you. But once the baby is actually born and becomes a real person, it's a whole new ballgame.
- Oh, and those first weeks after the baby is born are uncomfortable bordering on painful. Cabbage leaves in your bra will help.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Exactly one year ago today, I was starting to realize I really was in labor (technically my water broke very early in the morning, but all morning and part of the afternoon was pretty pain-free). That means today has marked one year since I've become a mom. And I've learned some things.