Sunday, March 18, 2012

More Things I've Learned- One Month Edition

I'm telling you, the rate at which you will experience new phenomenon when you have a new baby is ridiculous.  The learning curve is a steep one, but luckily you can't help but pick things up quickly.

1.  When your baby sleeps four hours at a time you will wake up and think "wow!  I got so much sleep in one chunk of time!"  You will then think to yourself "wow!  I can't believe how quickly I've adjusted to thinking that sleeping four hours in a stretch is a long chunk of sleep vs eight or 9 hours."  You will then think nostalgically about the days when you got to sleep when you wanted, for as long as you wanted.  This will not help.

2.  Tiny babies can poop a lot.  A LOT.

3.  As a mom, you WILL feel bad that you need to pass your kid off on your husband at the end of the day.  But you shouldn't.  It's hard work having a tiny person depend on you for everything.  There's nothing wrong with admitting you need a little time to yourself.  It will help you be a good mom because you won't be completely frazzled by the end of the day (and for those subsequent night-time feedings). 

4.  Those two weeks or so when friends and family brought you hot meals straight to your door-  lifesavers.  You will really REALLY appreciate the awesome people that helped you out during such a huge time of transition and adjustment.  

5.  On the topic of eating, you will realize around 3 or 4 in the afternoon that all you've had to eat was that piece of bread you managed to cram in your mouth in between bouts of crying and breast feeding.  You will then shove whatever is closest and easiest into your mouth, because JUST as you are about to make yourself something healthy and spend a couple minutes eating it, the baby will wake up from her nap.  Every time.  It's like they have built in radar.

6.  Built in "mommy's-about-to-eat-so-I-better-start-crying-immediately" radar is not limited to lunch time.  It is every time you try to eat anything.  Ever.  

7.  Breast feeding is hard.  It makes it difficult to go out with friends, or even go out for coffee because you need to be available to your baby pretty much at all times.  But it's completely worth it.  When that gorgeous little one stares into your eyes and strokes you with their tiny hands, you'd give up your time without a second thought.

8.  You will still look very slightly pregnant and be very flabby a month after you give birth.  You just have to throw up your hands and say "who gives a crap!" because really, who gives a crap?  You just carried a baby for 9 months and then had to push it out through an opening that should, by all reasoning, just not be able to accommodate a 7 or 8 lb baby.  You've earned that flab, so learn to love it while it's there.  

9.  Time goes by way too quickly.  A month feels like no time at all.  You will think that it'll drag on when all you do is sit at home with the baby, surfing facebook or pinterest, but it won't.  It will speed by more quickly than you thought possible.  

10.  Netflix and Hulu will probably become your new best friend because you will be spending hours with a baby sleeping on you, and you will be afraid to move because you don't want to wake them up.  You will watch a lot of movies, and a lot of tv.  

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