So many aspects of my life have changed now that I am a mom, which is completely expected. But there’s so many changes that have completely caught me off guard. If you are a mom, I’m sure you can relate to a lot of this. If you are a soon-to-be mom, get ready. If you’re planning to be a mom in the near feature – get ready for the ride of your life!
1. My baby story wasn’t my ideal story given that I had to have a Cesarian, but if I knew then what I know now, I would have accepted it with open arms when my doctor initially suggested it (Liam was a fairly large baby).
The worst of the C Section was not being able to help change Liam or pick him up while he was crying during that first night. Everything after that was smooth sailing. I was right back to running in 5 weeks (shhh don’t tell my doctor)!
2. I never ever, ever, ever times infinite thought it was possible to have so much love for someone, let alone someone who spends most of their day sleeping, messing a diaper and crying. The love you have for your child is overwhelming at times. You hear mothers say it all the time, but I don’t think you really ‘get it’ until you have one of your own.
3. During my pregnancy days, I never really had any food cravings, which was really disappointing. I kept waiting for that 2 a.m. craving to send my sleepy hubby to the grocery store, but it never came. What I wasn’t expecting was for my taste buds to change post-pregnancy. I used to strongly detest bananas and now I eat one almost every day. I was also never really a pop drinker and now I find myself salivating over the sound of a pop tab opening. And the worst……all I want is candy, chocolate, cake……you name it! If it’s sweet, I want it. It’s really putting a wrench into my whole, “Lose the baby weight” program I’m on.
4. Going back to work was truly exciting for me. I was more than ready to get on a normal routine and I actually love the title of, “Working Mom.” It’s kind of synonymous with Wonder Woman. Giving Liam to a room full of strangers was another story. I made my husband drop him off at daycare because I new I would be a bumbling fool. Luckily, he goes to Le Chaperone Rouge which has been a godsend! All of the girls are so sweet and polite. It makes me feel good knowing he is in such good hands.
5. Huggies are not my friend. I’m not a fan of their overly elastic bands and have had many accidents that were not contained (if you know what I mean). I am, however, a huge proponent of Luvs and Pampers. They both fit perfectly and have really minimized Liam’s need for multiple wardrobe changes.
6. SLEEP! I actually get more sleep now than I did when I was pregnant (knock on wood). Liam is an excellent sleeper. He has always been a good sleeper, he just had issues with going to bed before 3 a.m. I would say at about week 10 he finally got on track and started to go to sleep at 10 p.m. and sleeps through the night.
7. Since I’ve become my mom – I am a worry wart. All I do is worry! Is he eating enough? Is he sleeping too much? Is he catching a cold because he is sneezing? It’s a full time job just worrying, and it’s just the beginning.
8. I was pretty adamant about wanting to establish a good sleep/feed routine for Liam, probably sooner than he was ready for one. I learned quickly to forget trying to establish a routine. Liam got on one when he was good and ready. My advice; spare yourself hours of reading books and online articles. Just go with the flow!
Did something happen to you post-baby, or did you learn something new that you were not expecting? I’d love to hear about it! Just comment in the box below.