Preparing for a baby is like preparing for a marathon, and once the baby arrives, you're running that marathon on no sleep and with a baby on your hip. So, while you may have envisioned snuggling up on the couch with your little one to watch movies, the reality is that your workday starts as soon as your baby opens their eyes in the morning and doesn't end until they drift off to sleep at night.
Forget "me time" and say goodbye to sleep:
Your to-do list will be filled with sterilizing bottles, doing laundry, and tending to your little one's every need. And sleep? What’s that? Your baby will be up at all hours of the night, and when they do sleep, you'll be busy worrying about them.
Breastfeeding is not always easy:
Breastfeeding classes may make it seem easy, but the truth is, it can take weeks to master. And if it doesn't work out, don't stress. There are other ways to make sure your baby is getting the nutrition they need.
No two babies are alike:
Each baby has their own unique needs, which means that what works for one may not work for another. As a parent, you will need to experiment and learn through trial and error to discover what works best for your little one.
The worries never end:
As a new mom, it's natural to be worried about your baby's health and well-being. You're responsible for this tiny, helpless human, and it's a big job. It's not uncommon to spend hours Googling every little symptom, but remember to trust your instincts and don't be afraid to ask for help.
Your priorities will shift:
Becoming a mom changes everything, and your priorities will naturally shift. Even if you planned to go back to work right away, you may find yourself wanting to stay home longer than you anticipated. It's okay to change your mind and do what feels right for you and your family.