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What They Don’t Tell You About Newborns

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What they don’t tell you about newborns. Finding out you are pregnant is a great feeling. In a few short months, you will be holding your little one. But with all that joy comes some chaotic moments. You may think you have read every book and are prepared, but I’ll let you in on a little secret. YOU AREN’T! Nothing prepares you like the actual experience of motherhood.

What they don't tell you about newborns

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What They Don’t Tell you About Newborns

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The Three P’s

Pee, Puke, and Poop. Within the first few months after bringing the baby home, be prepared to be covered in at least two of these. If it’s a good day it will be all three. If you are bringing home a baby boy you most likely will get your walls hosed down a couple times a day by a stream of pee. Don’t worry about changing your clothes or taking a shower because the moment you do, it will happen all over again.

Zipper PJs

The zipper pajamas will be your best friend. In the middle of the night, you are going to have multiple diaper changes and feedings. You are not going to want to have to fiddle with putting the correct buttons together, it will just be one zip up and you are done. Also, have multiple on hand in case the three P’s happen.

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Expensive Gadgets

You most likely will create a baby registry for baby items you do not have. Keep in mind the expensive items that you think you might need, you probably won’t. Like a wipe warmer, it will be an item you might use once but then will sit on the dresser to never be used again. Honestly, you will probably be wrestling your child just to lay still and not have time to warm a wipe.

Sleep

Throw the “sleeping in” mornings out the window. When your sweet little babe comes along you will be up every couple of hours. That tiny little stomach gets hungry fast or they are wet and need to be changed. Do your best to sleep when they do (I know that is easier said than done). Eventually, you will get into a good sleep routine, but don’t get comfortable. It seems like when you get a good sleep schedule going, a sleep regression always shows up. Make sure to always have the coffee ready when the day starts.

Ask for Help

Motherhood is hard. Nothing prepares you for the emotions you will feel and the chaos you will experience. It is ok to ask for help. Reach out to your mom friends. Ask your parents. You do not have to do it all alone. The saying goes “it takes a village,” and it really does. It is perfectly ok to reach out for help, even if it is to come to watch the baby so you are able to take a shower. You need to take care of yourself also.

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I know I make light of some things because honestly you need to keep an open mind about the things you will experience in motherhood, otherwise you will drive yourself crazy. The first few months are the hardest, but with time things will become second nature and feel more at ease. If you have the baby’s best interest in mind and you love that little bundle of joy, then you are a great mom. What they don’t tell you about newborns.

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  • Michelle

    So true, I wish I could go back to my pre-baby self and tell her you don’t need half the stuff, and the stuff you do need you don’t have enough of because you go through 3 outfits a day between diaper blowouts and baby puke.

  • Rachael

    Yes! I love the part about the zipper PJS…whoever invented ones with buttons?! The newborn phase can be so challenging but nothing is better then those sleepy smiles and snuggles.