Wednesday, October 31, 2012
5 Surprising Things About Motherhood
Here we go, more pearls of wisdom from my first month of being a parent ;-P
Seriously though, as much as I thought I was prepared for this whole parenting this there were still a number of things that turned out differently than I expected. Here are my top 5.
1. Breastfeeding in public. I really thought this would be an issue for me, I worried about how to do it discreetly and thought it would make me uncomfortable. I don't know if it's just the lack of sleep but I've found that I could really care less about making other people uncomfortable by breast feeding in public. If other people have a problem with it, then it's, well, their problem. I'll feed my baby when and where I like thank you, there's nothing wrong with it.
2. I know I said this before (and that I am terrifying all my pregnant friends) but it is sooo hard at first! The first two weeks were rough for me. No amount of people telling you how hard it is can prepare you for the long, sleepless nights, it just can't. The other surprise was how quickly things started to improve though, now that Echo is sleeping for up to 6 hours in a row at night I am much better able to handle things that get thrown my way.
3. My body image. I kind of expected pregnancy to ruin my body, but, aside from the odd stretch mark here and there, I really love my post pregnancy figure! I now have amazing curves and I've actually never felt better about how I look. The glow of a new mommy who is completely in love with her little one probably helps too.
4. Money matters. I've always heard how expensive having a baby is. Well, at least so far, having a baby is saving us money. We don't go out to eat as often and also find that we aren't spending money on frivolous things or just because we are bored because we are so busy taking care of our little one. I know she will be more expensive latter on once we start signing her up for ballett and and art classes (or soccer, or whatever) but for now we are enjoying the financial benefits. There are also a ton of free activities to do with kids in our area, Marietta is about as family friendly as it gets so I'm not anticipating a huge financial impact any time soon. September and October have been our lowest spending monthes to date!
5. How the loves grows. This is sooo cheesy sounding but i am amazed at how much more I love her every day. It wasn't instantaneous for me, it took me a while to bond in fact. But the more I spend time with her and get to know her the more head over heels I fall. Just when you think you can't love them any more than you already do they smile at you and you absolutely melt. I am loving my life right now getting to spend so much time with my sweet little girl and it's getting better every day :-)