It’s comical, but the reality is everyone in 2021 is reviewing everything under the sun. I thought I’d hop on that train and as a new mom, ride the well traveled review route. In this blog I’ll be writing about the expectations I had verses the outcomes, debunked wives tales, pure baby ownership truths and a short list of humorous new mom facts. Let’s get into it – because I only have 30 more minutes before another baby meltdown… Who am I kidding? This short post will take me several days to write – baby Elizabeth lets me have a few minutes a day to myself (sometimes). 🙂
New Mom Reviews
Labor & Deliver
For 8 months I prepared myself for motherhood. I watched numerous videos, read blogs and asked many questions on the broad topic of ‘what to expect when your expecting.’ Without a crystal ball however, I could never prepare for reality. I expected to have a natural birth – the one where your ‘water breaks,’ you then dilate, you push and then you have a new beautiful baby. Instead, I was rushed to the hospital at 37 weeks for high blood pressure and liver failure. After the doctors were able to control my blood pressure, I was able to get induced naturally. Although my water broke and I had contractions, my body was not dilating. After 48 my doctor gave me 3 options: 1. Continue induction 2. Schedule an immediate c-sction 3. Have an emergency c-section in 3 to 4 hours. I chose to not have anymore ’emergencies’ and opted to schedule an immediate c-section. – something I was not prepared for at all. I never would have thought to prepare for a major surgery like this. i should have taken a page from the Boy Scouts and “always be prepared.”
I cannot believe it has been a month already – because it feels more like 18 years have passed! I have mourned over things I did not expect to mourn over and had the weirdest epiphanies I could ever dream of (or have nightmares about). The very first thing I mourned over was breastfeeding. I always had the notion that if the baby is hungry enough they will find their food, this was not as easy as I thought. Apparently it is a science, it is as hard as getting pregnant on purpose. Because it was so hard I tried to pump and that came with its own challenges too. In order to keep the milk production at adequate feeding levels, you have to pump your breasts every 2 to 3 hours. Who has time for that? Especially when you have a newborn screaming for attention around the clock. Unfortunately, that is exactly what played out – not even a month after having baby Elizabeth I can no longer produce milk. I cried for days.
Another thing I had expectations about was sleep or the lack there of. I honestly thought people were lying to me about the lack of sleep due to having a baby. Well I am here to tell you that this is true. Babies need to fed around the clock – even throughout the night. The first couple weeks you will have to feed them 2 to 3 ounces every 2 hours and by 1 month you should be feeding them 4 ounces every 3 to 4 hours. It is rough because you also are changing diapers all the time, burping, consoling and trying to take care of yourself as well. I am beyond exhausted and the way I remedy this is to abandon my own responsibilities, hygiene and chores. I also try to sleep or nap when the baby sleeps.
Proven or Debunked Wives Tales
Boys Sit High & Girls Sit Low
The entire pregnancy Elizabeth sat so high on me that no one knew I was pregnant until month 8/9 – and even then I was told I didn’t look pregnant until I turned to my side.
Pregnancy Heartburn is Caused by a Baby that has Hair on its Head in Utero
At 37 weeks Elizabeth was born with a full thick head of hair. I never had one day of relief from intense heartburn. The condition would wake me up at night and keep me up until late morning.
Sweet Cravings Depicts Girl
I had been mostly sugar-free for over 10 years. Around month 5 or 6 of the pregnancy I craved Coca-Cola daily. I had to cut myself off cold turkey because I knew all this sugar was not healthy for the growth of a baby. I was also worried about the babies health – it was very difficult to stop the sugar.
Baby Ownership Truths
- You will never sleep the way you did pre-pregnancy
- Diaper “BLOWOUTS” are real
- First few diapers will have paper-like black poop
- Babies cry, scream, eat and poop a lot
- Babies sleep less so you can too
- Babies look like their daddy’s first
- Pacifiers are a lifesaver
- Swaddles are a great way to make your baby ‘chill out’
- A warm bottle is a magic trick to get fussy babies to sleep
- If you gave birth to a baby with a full head of hair, you most certainly had major heartburn during your pregnancy
New Mom Facts
- Being a mom is REALLY hard
- You will make many personal sacrifices – prepare to miss many meals along with sleep
- You can’t keep track of time and you’ll never know what day it is
- You are super fertile after having a baby – BECAREFUL!
- Hormones are still raging
- Hair, nails & skin are beautiful after labor
- Breastfeeding is super difficult
- Pumping is hard to find time for
- Keeping your emotions in check is REALLY hard
- It took me 2 days to write this – It is now 10:52pst