25 Things to Expect As a New Mom
My sister-in-law is due with her first baby at the end of summer. We are SOO excited for them! As I’ve chatted with her about becoming a mom for the first time, I’ve reminisced on all the things I did and felt as a first-time mom. I didn’t know what to expect as a new mom all those years ago, but now, with four kids, I’ve mellowed out quite a bit. Some days I even have the ability to shower, get dressed, dress all the kids, go to the store, have a play date, clean the house, and still cook dinner. It’s amazing! And some days we watch cartoons all day in our pajamas. Parenting has great days and off days – and that’s totally fine.
Once you have multiple kids, it’s easier to keep running around, because you can’t stop the other kids. But, as a first-time mom, you are learning everything for the first time, and it’s challenging. So, I keep telling my pregnant sister-in-law to accept the fact that she’ll be a crazy first-time parent. She’ll go to the doctor for little things, she’ll go “by the book,” she’ll follow the recommended food chart, and she’ll constantly disinfect and wash and Lysol everything. And so will you – because it’s your first kid. Just accept it. Embrace being the awkward first-time mom.
Here are twenty five other things to expect as a new mom. Kids make life crazy, but they also make life grand. Baby snuggles, toddler kisses, and pre-school art pictures will melt your heart. Watching your kids conquer their first day at school or first dance recital will fill you with pride. Kids are amazing and wonderful and totally worth it. And luckily, they are still cute when they streak poop across the wall. See #4.
25 things to Expect as a New Mom:
You’ll learn how to do amazing things with one hand (while feeding the baby): cooking, vacuuming, using bathroom, etc.
Superhuman hearing belongs to mothers. You’ll wake up to every cough and sniffle for awhile. But don’t worry; sleep deprivation eventually robs you of that superpower.
You’ll catch yourself rocking and swaying, even when you are not holding your baby. Totally normal.
Babies can blast poop across the wall, yet still miss the changing table. It’s amazing.
Bathroom related words will forever be cutesy: “Hi stinky sweetheart! You got some squishy poo poo in your bum-bum?”
It’s okay to check to baby guide book every day. You’re new at this! You’ll relax with the next kid.
Every conversation with other moms will eventually lead into birth stories. Always.
Your favorite crime TV shows will probably change once you become a parent; seeing kids in pain might be too much to handle.
Intimate time with your husband will abruptly stop because the baby will cry. Somehow they know! How do they always know?!
You will LOVE nap time for the rest of your life. Mommy needs a nap too.
Some days all you will “accomplish” is taking a shower. And you’ll feel like superwoman.
Cookies and finger foods now count as meals. Sit-down meals during the day? Only if the baby sleeps.
You’ll sneak into the baby’s room multiple times a night to make sure the baby is still alive. Totally normal.
Pajamas will be your daily outfit for a few months- and when you DO get dressed, you know you’re going out fancy-style.
Taking pictures of your spouse all covered in baby puke? Check.
Breast milk will leak out during the shower. And if you snuggle close with your spouse. And just by touching your nipples. Sorry.
Babies sleep through loud noises like the vacuum or power tools, but they will wake up to creaks in the floor. Tread softly.
If you put an adorable outfit on the baby, take a picture fast. Baby will blow out that diaper before the day is done.
Baby smiles melt away all stress.
It’s totally cool to change the baby’s outfit a few times a day to make sure they wear every outfit at least once before growing bigger.
If your baby is a spitter, you’ll wash more burp cloths than you thought possible – every. single. day.
Baby drool can stain.
Oxi-Clean works wonders!
The poop explosion you think will never wash out will surprisingly come out clean, but that tiny stain on your favorite outfit won’t go away. Even with Oxi-Clean. Sorry.
Fellow mommies – what did you expect as a new mom?
What advice can you share? Tell me in the comments!