8 True Things About the First Year of Motherhood

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Recently, I have seen a few articles about post-delivery that people may find surprising. The articles tend to list scary things such as wearing big pads after birth and bleeding for an eternity. All of these things are true, but I have found that the year after birth brings its own bag of surprises.

  • Don’t be surprised when you wake up every day and your body hurts. Pre-baby I felt no pain, and now something hurts every day. No joke, the Icy Hot is my best friend.

  • Remember how luxurious your hair was during pregnancy? Well, be prepared to be ankle-deep in water during your shower because your hair will once again be clogging the drain. Side Note: Drain clogging may lead to more fights with your spouse if they find it repulsive.

  • You will cut your hair, and you will understand that all new moms do it to have a weight lifted off of their shoulders and for convenience.

  • When people ask you how it is going, the only thing you will think to say is, “Good, tired, but good.” You will always be tired, and you will tell everyone because it’s the only thing your mind can think of it. Exhaustion will consume you.

8 True Things About the First Year of Motherhood
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  • Someone in your house will always be sick. Feel free to disinfect, but I’m not sure it works; at least in my house it doesn’t.

  • Every time you get in a routine, your child will change it up on you. Just when you think, “I got this,” they will throw you for a loop and do something new.

  • It may take a whole year to feel like you again. You will feel comfortable in your own skin, and you will be confident that you have this parenting thing down, I promise.

  • Everything they say about kids is true. You will love your child unconditionally and you always think about them. Your child is the first thing you think of when you wake, and the last thought on your mind when you go to sleep. If you are lucky enough, they will even be on your mind at 2am and 5am when they wake you from a peaceful sleep.

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