Babies are fascinating creatures. Little sponges that soak up our love, time, energy and attention, they seem to change literally overnight. And as moms, we change right alongside of them. I still think of life as “BC” and “AC” — before children and after children.
And if you’re expecting a baby or recently welcomed a baby into your life, you may be a little surprised to see what kind of surprises are in store for you in having a newborn. Here are a few things that no one else will tell you about having a newborn. Let’s just keep this between us, shall we?
Sometimes, babies are super easy.
Do I dare say this? Do you hate me for saying this? I don’t care, I’m going to say it anyways, because it’s true. Sometimes there are tips and tricks to parenting and sometimes there are ways we can make it easier on ourselves, but other times, you just happen to get a super great, happy, and easy baby. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with admitting that. There’s nothing to be afraid of in having a baby, I promise.
You might wonder what on earth to do with him or her.
You’re just a mom, sitting in front of a baby, wondering what on earth to do with it. Do you talk to her? How do you play with a newborn? It’s normal to just stare at a baby for hours, right?
Newborns don’t care if you snack above their heads.
How many times have I dropped a chip on top of a baby’s head and then still ate it? That’s between me and my baby and I know they won’t tell on me.
There is no greater feeling in the world than holding a sleeping baby to your chest.
I mean this with every fiber of my soul: You need to soak up every last delicious moment with that baby on your chest. It’s literally the most peaceful thing in the entire world.
Babies are the perfect excuse to get out of anything.
You didn’t hear this from me, but let’s say there was a chance you just weren’t feeling like attending that social gathering that involved you putting on real pants. Having a newborn gives you a built-in excuse to just stay home in sweats instead. Your secret is safe with us.
Sleep deprivation is different than you think.
I have no scientific proof of this, but I’m proof enough to say that I’m the world’s laziest person and I love sleep, but yet, something changes in you once you have a kid. I don’t know if it’s hormones or that magical motherhood bond, but you can function on two or three hours of sleep like it’s no big deal. Seriously. But the magic only lasts as long as it takes for your kid to regularly sleep through the night. After that, your brain forgets and gets used to sleeping again. But until then, your brain totally thinks cat napping instead of sleeping 8 hours is totally normal, so live it up while it lasts.
One newborn will quadruple your laundry.
Seriously. I still don’t understand how it happens. Also, now that I have older kids, I can safely say that newborn blowouts do stop eventually. You’re welcome.
Not everyone is a newborn person — and that’s OK.
If you’re a “newborn person,” you’ll know it. You’ll live for the tiny newborn stretches, the little sighs and cute cries, the feeling of your baby curled up in their pajamas next to your still-squishy belly. You’ll relish in the magic of watching this person who has come into your lives and weep with the love that seems to overflow your heart.
But not everyone is a newborn person. Some of you may long for the days when sleep is not a distant memory or when your baby is old enough to throw a ball or enjoy a mommy-daughter pedicure. If that’s you, don’t beat yourself up. The newborn phase passes very quickly. So newborn person or not, we know you still love your little one. And that’s all that matters.
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