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When I was pregnant with my first child 13 years ago, I was very excited. I didn't really know anything about babies, but by god, I was going to be the best, most organized pregnant lady that ever walked the earth. It was the start of the new millennium and I had the greatest invention of all times at my disposal: dial up Internet. I had never changed a diaper or much less held a newborn, was oblivious to words like meconium and mucous plug, but I wasn't scared. I had the computer....more
I'd thought about it so many times. I knew EXACTLY how it would happen. Coming home from the hospital with my first-born was going to be magical.He'd look up at me and coo in contentment while wearing an adorable little monogrammed outfit with a matching blanket. I would look fashionable, yet appropriately maternal, in a flattering dress with color coordinated flats and accessories. People would smile at our picture perfect happiness as we were wheeled out the lobby to the car. Our new lives as a small family would begin flawlessly!...more
Like many soon-to-be moms, I read a lot of baby books while I was pregnant with my first child. I knew all about what to expect during the pregnancy, and my husband and I took a class so we could prepare for the birth itself. Overall, I felt pretty confident. After all, we tried for 5 years to get pregnant with Chloe, and I was going to do my best to make her happy. I didn't know it at the time, but Chloe turned out to be a fairly easy baby. She was healthy and generally good-natured....more
I remember when I was pregnant with Kate & about to be a first time mom.I was filled with excitement, anticipation & feeling like I had no idea what we were getting ourselves into.Even though I had babysat a ton in middle school & high school and was comfortable around babies, I wanted to make sure Kevin and I were TOTALLY prepared for when baby came. ...more
I've only been at this motherhood gig for a couple of years now but it takes less than 24 hours after giving birth to learn that you might never sleep again. You do all this work of freeing a tiny human from your body and really, you're pretty much deserving of a nap after that. I mean, I don't know, I had a C-section and the whole labor thing was exhausting so I can only imagine that after doing things like "pushing" you're all tuckered out....more
After 40 weeks of waiting, the day finally arrives. For your hours of pushing (or lying on the table having the little freeloader removed) you are rewarded with a tiny squawking bundle. Indeed, the new arrival is so perfectly wrapped that you feel like you are holding a present, or maybe a small, warm loaf of bread, fresh from the oven. ...more
You will run out of diapers. Yes, it will happen. What no one tells you when you’re pregnant is that there will be a time when you run out of diapers. It will only happen when in the most inconvenient circumstances and it will suck, a lot. Just accept that it will happen. You will let your guard down once, forget to repack your diapers, or simply run out and it’ll be just plain horrific....more
You just found out you're pregnant...WELCOME to the land of expert parenting advice by all. Prepare yourselves now because the mom experts will start coming out from the wood work. Everyone you know is all of the sudden a baby expert...and by everyone...I mean your closest friends, your mother, your grandmother, your mother-in-law, your neighbor, your neighbor's sister, the lady in the checkout line at Walmart...you get the point. You know what I'm talking about, right?...more
I looked forward to breastfeeding long before I ever had a baby to nurse. There is just something so special about a mom providing for her child in such a fundamental way. So when my daughter was born, I was sorely disappointed to discover that nursing washard. I was not prepared for it to be painful, exhausting, and frustrating. I almost gave up multiple times. After several months I finally found it to be "tolerable."...more
Life is a roller coaster. Having a baby is a roller coaster on hormones. Both roller coasters can never be planned for accordingly, because you never know what is around the bend. I learned this seven years ago when our third baby was born. With my second baby, our daughter, I was blessed to experience a water birth at our local hospital. It was a heavenly experience (as far as labors go) and I was excited to have the same experience with my third child. ...more