These are the biggest lessons I've learned as a first time mum of a 6 week old, that I did not know previously:
-babies like to be held... A LOT. So invest in a sling or be prepared to not have the use of your hands... ever.
-newborn babies nurse A LOT. Be prepared to give up much of your day and night just breastfeeding. It's really exhausting.
-you really won't have time to keep the house as spotless as you used to. Learn to ignore the mess for a while. (this has been very hard for me!)
-that man that you have always growled at for his terrible housekeeping skills and his inability to even cook one meal, may turn out to be a wonderful father who will walk a screaming baby up and down the hallway, softly singing her lullabies until his arms and back ache and the baby is finally asleep.
-your body is different after having a baby. Aside from the physical differences (weight gain, c section scar, stretch marks etc), it just feels different too... like looking in the mirror you will always remember that big bulge you had that carried your child. For me, it's like my body has served its great purpose.
-your whole state of mind shifts. You are no longer number one.
-if you have overbearing family, learn to draw the line.
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