*This post was written as a part of Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop. I chose this prompt: Advice to new mothers.
I became a mom in 2009. I had no idea what to expect when that little test flashed the word “pregnant”. I just knew I was beyond happy. It was almost surreal. As the months went on and my belly grew, I fell more and more in love with this little being occupying space in my mid-section.
I didn’t know if my child would be a boy or a girl I just knew there was genuine love there. Once I gave birth to my son I was in another world. The mystery of this little person had been solved. There were so many more adventures to come and a million lessons to learn. As a new mom, there were some things I wish people had told me before I entered the bliss/fog of new mommyhood.
- I wish someone could have really explained how exhausted I would be. I totally get why they didn’t though. There are no words for how tired you will be. I’m surprised babies survive considering we operate on fumes for the first few months of their lives.
- I wish I had known how hard breastfeeding is in the beginning. My journey with breastfeeding started out with a text to my friends informing them that I thought breastfeeding was actually worse than labor! They encouraged me to keep at it and that it would only get better. They were right. When my body stopped producing the white stuff I had a hard time letting go.
- I wish I had known the kind of pressure a new baby can put on your relationship. That many sleepless nights and the stress of bringing a new life into the world is enough to test the best of us. It can also make us stronger. 🙂
On the other hand:
- No one told me how inspired I’d be to become everything I’d ever dreamed I could be. It is my goal to be the best example I can be for this little person who calls me Mommy.
- No one told me how proud I’d be for every.single.little thing my son does or says. Every sentence he strings together, every new thing he figures out makes me beam with pride.
- No one told me how happy I’d be to see the sweetest little face every morning, and how hard it would be for me to let him go to school each day.
I guess there are some things people can tell you and some things you have to find out for yourself. I’m glad no one told me how much my heart would open up. That’s one thing I loved finding out on my own.