And in the midst of all of this wonderful advice, I became aggravated and started telling myself that these women didn't know what they were talking about. If you didn't sleep for 5 years, then why would you have any more children. Why would women keep reproducing if this all was such a horrible, awful experience? Looking back, there are some honest truths I wish someone would have sit down and told me.
1. You won't sleep for 5 years, but your body will amazingly learn to cope.
2. Baby products are over-rated, but really cool.
3. Disposable diapers and formula are a privilege. Don't take either for granted.
4. Believe the crazy birth stories, you might have 1 of your own!
5. I really don't want to buy you a $150 baby shower gift, so please register for something practical, and don't be afraid to buy your own items.
6. You can never hold your baby too much.
7. Ask! Someone is always willing to give advice or clothes, or even hold your baby so you can brush your teeth and pee.
8. Don't get caught up in "mompetitions."
9. Attend a birth class and parenting class. Though I think labor classes don't help with actual labor, they teach the fundamentals of labor and delivery, and wonderful resources are always available.
10. ABSOLUTELY send your baby to the nursery EVERY night your entire stay at the hospital. They will return him/her to you every time to feed, but you will be tired, exhilerated, sore, and the next several weeks you will hardly sleep, so take advantage of great nursing staffs. Your baby won't remember you didn't keep them in the room their first couple days of life...I promise.
The greatest advice (and I'm not really sure you can call it such) someone ever gave me was that, "giving birth is like taking a giant, warm, wiggly, poop. It's not so scary." I have to admit...she was right!
If you are a experienced, new, or expecting mom, what's the best AND worse advice anyone ever gave you?
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