Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Things I have learned....

Here are some things that I wish I knew or have learned so far....
  • You might feel some instinct on how to care for your new baby, but sometimes dads need a little guidance (esp. if they haven't been around a baby, like ever!) You can't just assume they know what to do! Taking a class helps but they might not remember everything in the moment. Give them time to learn!
  • Using a breast pump does weird things to your nipples.
  • Breastfeeding isn't as awkward/weird as you thought it would be.
  • Lanolin can stain your clothes.
  • You might find yourself excited over the amount you pump......
  • Any shyness/modesty goes out the window during childbirth. You won't care who sees your lady parts when you need help getting out of bed after a c-section to use the bathroom.
  • People will ask about your boobs like they are a foreign object and not a personal part of your body.
  • Even if you didn't quite enjoy pregnancy like you thought you would, you might actually miss being pregnant after it is all over.
  • Even with all the complications, pain, and tribulations you endured with the birth of your baby, you can't wait to do it all over again!
  • I never knew that staring at your baby could be the best entertainment and you never tire of it.
  • Always keep their goods covered when changing diapers. You will regret it if you don't
  • I was worried about caring for his circumcision and belly button before he came, but once he was here, it was no biggie.
  • Caring for him period seems like 2nd nature.
  • Your emotions post partum might make you feel like you are a bit crazy, but they do settle down. I think I cried more tears the first week literally over nothing, than I did the whole pregnancy.
  • Leaving your baby for the first time is hard, but when you see him again, you wonder why you worried so much.
  • You really do know your baby best. You learn what every cry, wince, or grunt means without even knowing it.
  • 8 lbs of baby=more laundry than you could imagine. Who knew such a tiny body can cause so much destruction to you house. I run the dishwasher more often, and our trash overflows more quickly. All because of a tiny little body....
  • Babies really do just eat, sleep, pee and poop.
  • Speaking of bodily functions, little 8 pounds of baby can really pass some gas, and clear a room!
  • Those stretch marks you developed last minute, are not as bad as you thought they were when you remember why you have them.
  • Your body does bounce back but not immediately. My maternity clothes are huge on me, but I am not quite ready for my pre-prego pants. I about 11 more pounds to lose from the pregnancy, and hope to loose more than that (I gained weight pre-prego bc of my car accident)
  • BUT at the same time, I feel more confident knowing what my body is capable of and seeing how it can bounce back after what it has gone through (aka=healing!!)
  • Breastfeeding is more difficult than I ever imagined, and may not always happen the way you expected. While he latched on immediately, we struggle with supply issues and have to supplement with formula. I still pump, and while I don't get a lot that way, I feel good giving him every little drop. Things are improving on this front, but it is way harder than I expected and I refuse to give up yet.
  • The love you have for you own child is truly unconditional, immense and wonderful. You may only have had this little being in your life for 3 weeks and you cannot imagine you life without him......


Sherry said...

This made me so teary! I love having a toddler, but I can't wait to have another little baby in my arms. They're just so sweet.

Jennelle said...

Awwww! You make me so excited to have kids. :)

Sarah said...

If I have 298357 items in my google reader, but I see that you have a post, I go for yours first. I absolutely love love love reading what you have to say about your family/baby. It makes me so, so excited to have children some day. Another beautiful, heartfelt (and funny!) post. :)

Lisa said...

I love this, Amy. Thanks so much for continually sharing what life is like with a newborn. I thoroughly appreciate your insight. And, it has to be said again - you are one awesome mom :).

Meredith said...

I so, so, SO appreciate this post! I am absolutely terrified of the whole recovery process, so it's nice to hear an encouraging word!

Mrs. Dirnberger said...

These are sooo true! I am so glad both of our little treasures are here and all is good!
I hope my body bounces back like yours did

Maria said...

I really, really appreciate you posting this. It's nice to see what I have to look forward to. :-)

PQ said...

how amazing! thanks, amy. i can't wait to see you and meet your little man!

mrs.leah.maria said...

You speak the complete truth girl!

Especially regarding bf'ing.

Stuff Parents Need said...

Great insights. And isn't their ability to do some seriously stinky toots just unbelievable!?