Ten Things I'd Forgotten About Having a New Baby
1. How little sleep you actually get, and what sleep deprivation can do to your brain.
2. That smell of absolute deliciousness. Even before they've had their first bath.
3. Fluid retention and cankles.
4. That I may want to throttle the Hubs when he asks if this is the first time the baby has woken to feed, when in fact it is the fourth. But that all will be forgiven the moment he hands me a icy cold glass of water while I'm nursing, makes me a sandwich, or takes the baby from me at 4 am when my poor boobs just can't take any more and I need half an hour of sleep.
5. That "sleep when the baby sleeps" isn't always possible. There are other things to be done, like eating, showering, laundry, and this time around, there's also a big kid to look after.
6. The hormone dip that occurs around day 3 after baby is born and reduces you to tears over the fact that the one pair of pants that fits you right now is in desperate need of a wash.
7. That there is nothing as rejuvenating as 10 minutes to yourself to shower.
8. Planting kisses on tiny hands and feet.
|(Yes, those are flowers and butterflies on his bassinet sheets. Second child syndrome.)|
9. How long it takes for the belly to recede, and how pregnant you still look even a week after your tenant has vacated.
10. That friends and family are absolutely amazing. There have already been so many gifts and offers of food and play dates for Lilah. And our fridge has never been so stocked! It reminds me how fortunate we are and makes me want to be a better friend/neighbour/relative when it's our turn to give back.