This past year has been totally awesome! God has blessed our family with the most gentle, loving, and kind little boy. We are so happy to have him in our lives. He is our pride and joy. Along this one year journey I have picked up a few things and I’d love to share them with you!
Thoroughly enjoy your pregnancy. Don’t allow anyone to dampen your happiness with superstitions, fetishes, dreams, or traditions.
If you cant afford it you do not need Pro Pregnancy Photos. Take a few nice ones on your phone to remember the experience.
Not everything some random person posts on pintrest is true, or will work for you and your family
No the nursery does not need to be 100% ready.
No you do not need a nursery (baby has his own nursery but still sleeps in a crib next to us). All you need is a safe place for baby to sleep and a few necessities.
No you do not need 500 items to make your baby comfortable.
Stretch marks and weight gain is all about your genes. At the end of the day your body is going to behave the way it will naturally behave.
Do not eat for two. Eat enough not to feel hungry.
When its near time for delivery pay close attention to your babies movements. Its a big deal.
Your body is going to change and that is okay. Cliche but true.
Walking, dates, pepper, sex, and all those labor inducing tricks don’t work. That baby is going to come when he is ready
The last trimester will feel like it lasted 7 years
You will HATE your husband (More so jealous)
You will LOVE your husband. Its so nice to see them be gentle and loving with the baby
You will learn each others strengths
You will learn each others weaknesses
You will learn to work as a team
You both will love your new baby more than anything
The baby will bring you closer than you’ve ever been before. Its awesome!
Don’t stress about milestones. Baby will walk, talk, and all other things when baby is ready
Baby will have more fun with the box than the actual toy
Live by this mantra – “When in doubt whip the boob out!” Solves 90% of problems!
Right after you have the first baby people will ask when you plan on having the next baby…
The house will never be spotless again
You’ll learn a kind of love you’ve never felt before
Any fear you have of piss or poop will vanish
You will catch yourself doing things you secretly judged other parents for doing before you became one.
Their smile will literally light up your world
There is never enough pictures and video of the baby!
You will think your child is the best thing since sliced bread
You will learn to move swifter than a ninja. Nothing like creeping out of a room with a sleeping baby in it.
Always carry a change of clothes and diapers! They always decide to have the blow outs as soon as you leave the house!
You baby will have your mumu botton. You will clap, sing and dance on que to make make you baby stop crying
Labor and Delivery
You don’t need to pack all that stuff. The hospital has EVERYTHING and they charge you for it whether you use it or not!
Pushing is no joke! It might take 20 minutes and it might take 20 hours be mentally prepared
It’s okay to get the epidural!
Labor will not be like the movies.
Your cookie will still be in pain after delivery
Request for a mirror it helps to give yourself motivation if you can see your own progression
The nurse will be your best friend
You will be happy scared and excited all at the same time
Your partner will be freaked out
Going back to work
Going back to work and leaving baby every morning is hard. Really hard
Build as much of a milk stash as you can
Start getting baby accustomed to formula before you go back
You can file disability to get a few more checks before you go back to work
If you have a nanny try and get a camera so you can see baby even when your at work. The Xfinity security camera system works as a two for one.
You might experience mom guilt when you go back to work
You will be jealous of your child’s new care giver
You will feel engorgement pain from breast feeding less
You will worry. Breathe baby will be okay.
Good day care centers are crazy expensive. Try looking into other options. Stay at home work, Nannys, Family members etc.
Those cute family pictures you always see online are not as easy and carefree as you think they will be! They take planning, skill, and execution lol
Don’t allow yourself to get behind on laundry
If someone you don’t like finds themselves carrying your baby you can always use the “I need to nurse him” excuse to get your baby back with zero drama.
There is no such thing as a perfect mom
New Moms and women with no children will be the most judgmental and have the most unsolicited advice.
“Raising” your little brother or sister does not count as raising a child of your own. Period. End of Story.
Being a mom is a 24 hour job
Nursing is not not as easy as it seems. And it is not always going to be convenient
You will feel like you’ve been initiated into an awesome sorority
Your whole life will change
Learning to get dressed to impress in record timing is a must! Perfect your 20 minute routine now!
You will become more PATIENT than ever
Full nights sleep lol whats that?
No seriously full nights sleep… What.Is.That?
You need a change of clothes for yourself as well as baby!
You will take literally a billion pictures. Try not to post all of them on social media =)