When you have a baby your life as you know it is over…well temporarily anyway :).
Here is a list I’ve put together with the help of the fabulous ladies in my mommy Facebook group about the reality of having a newborn at home.
Just a side note, but I highly recommend joining a similar group when you’re pregnant. It’s so nice to have this support while going through your pregnancy and as a mom to a newborn. Fears are calmed, judgement is not passed, and venting is welcome. These ladies have been a huge help to me and I want to thank all of them.
If your a mom I hope this makes you smile and if you haven’t had kids yet I hope this doesn’t scare you…:).
You know you’re a mom of a newborn when…
…you never really know what day of the week it is until you check your cell phone.
…your happiness depends on someone else’s bowel movements.
…you get so happy hearing your baby burp after a feeding.
…getting ready for the day means you put on new pjs, brushed your hair and put it BACK into a pony tail.
…you don’t remember the last time you showered. And when you do it’s HEAVEN!
…going to the grocery store alone is like a vacation.
…you feel an overwhelming sense of accomplishment if you can shower while the baby sleeps and they didn’t wake up.
…you check on your sleeping baby every 5 minutes to make sure they are still breathing.
…you know what the color of your baby’s poop means.
…if you sleep more than three hours at a time you panic because you think the baby stopped breathing.
…an ideal Friday night consists of a hot shower with time to apply lotion and dry your hair, followed by a nice evening of watching TV.
…you blow up everyone’s Facebook news feed with multiple pictures of the baby daily.
…you cry over spilled milk…PUMPED spilled milk.
…you smell like sour milk.
…you forget to eat food but you NEVER forget coffee.
…you want to offer hand sanitizer to anyone within a 2 foot radius of your baby.
…you have to prepare to leave the house at least 2 hours before you need to be there because that’s how long it takes to get the baby, the baby gear and yourself ready and in the car.
…when it takes 5 hours to mop your kitchen floor or accomplish any household chore because you have to take breaks for feedings and a fussy baby.
…you know the difference between a Boppy, Bjorn, and a Bumbo.
…when most of your social media and email communication happens between the hours of 12 a.m. and 5 a.m.
…when you have a doctors appointment the next day you lay out clothes for each of you and prepare like you’re going on a week long vacation.
…when dressing up yourself is no longer important, but dressing your baby super cute makes you so happy.
…when you do laundry based strictly around the fact that all your comfy clothes have spit on them…again.
…when you refer to size 1 diapers as “big girl diapers.”
Don’t worry! It definitely gets easier and of course is all worth it!