It’s already been two weeks since Claire was born! The whole “cherish every moment, it goes by so fast!” stuff that everyone says about having a baby is soooo true. The last days of pregnancy were an eternity but as soon as she arrived, it was like life hit hyperspeed.
To catch you up on what life has been like the past two weeks, here’s some things I’ve found surprising about parenthood so far.
1 // Everything in your entire home will be covered in breast milk & spit up. Yes, I knew I wanted to breastfeed, but considering I have never done it before, the amount of bodily fluids on me, my baby, and everything I own is surprising. Keeping my own clothing clean is a joke. The other day I walked out of the house knowing that pee & baby spit up were on me. The first few days we were home, I washed my nursing pillow cover three days in a row. At this point, it’s a lost cause!
2 // You’ll fall in love with your spouse all over again. Seeing my husband be a father is amazing. I knew I would love seeing him as a dad, since he’s a naturally very caring and nurturing person. But the level of love I have for him now is insane. His favorite new phrase? “When can I have my baby?” Sooooo cute.
Oh, my entire Instagram is baby pics now? Why did I say I wouldn’t be “that mom”?!
3 // All the things you said you’d never do become fair game. No pacifiers, no co-sleeping, not posting 100 photos of your new born to social media? It’s all been revoked as soon as that darling enters your life. You will do whatever you have to do to get by, will probably change your mind about how you felt about certain things you’d “never do” now that baby is here, & your brain is not fully functioning anymore so you may not even realize you’re doing what you said you didn’t want to do. Oops.
4 // You become obsessed in ways you never knew possible. Ob-freaking-sessed. I love this child more than life itself. I look at her and
know think she is perfect. There is seriously nothing more fascinating than a newborn, let alone your own newborn. It’s totally surreal & has caused complete infatuation.
Does this look like true love or what?
5 // You truly know the meaning of love now. Yes, I love my husband. Yes, our wedding day was “one of the best days of my life.” But I dare to say that maybe Claire’s birthday is now the best day of my life. Ever. I just can’t describe how much love I felt for her as soon as I laid eyes on her. This little person was growing inside me and now she’s ours! It’s the best feeling in the world.
6 // Tracking bodily functions of your newborn is now your life & is one of the few things you & your partner talk about. Eat, sleep, poop, pee, repeat. It’s recommended that you keep track of all your newborn’s bodily functions for the first few days or weeks to make sure they’re eating often enough and getting enough food based on their wet/dirty diapers. I swear, for the first three days of her life, this is all we talked about.
Is she still alive?
7 // You’ll watch your newborn sleep so peacefully, you’ll worry they’re still alive. Refer to number 4 again. I have in all seriousness touched Claire on several occasions to make sure she was still warm. She starts to look fake like a doll to me when she’s sleeping. It’s freaky!
8 // Your favorite possessions become [insert whatever can get baby to sleep.] In my case, the baby swing, bouncer, & “fish thing.” We’re BFFs for life. And “fish thing” is actually a Fisher Price light up musical seahorse, but “fish thing” works too for my exhausted postpartum brain.
9 // Coffee is the most rewarding beverage on the planet earth. Think it was great for pulling all nighters in college or after a hangover? Times that by ten now. Coffee = sooooo good. It is a total need these days.
10 // You will look at the world completely different. I look at my daughter and know I want to be the best for her. I want all the best things for her because she is innocent and perfect and deserves nothing less. I also worry a ton about all the bad things that could happen to me and my husband or her now. None of it is logical but it’s all very real.
A lot has changed about my life since bringing Claire home. Some of it is funny and some of it will take some getting used to. All of it is 100% worth it though 🙂
Questions for You:
- What do you think will surprise you about having a baby?
- Moms who have been there: what was the biggest shock of bringing home a baby for you?