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what i wish someone had told me

December 7, 2013

It’s no secret that life with a baby changes everything. And I mean everything! But here’s a list of 10 things that surprised me and I wish someone had told me.

1. Switch your closet back before the baby is born! You won’t need your maternity clothes after about a week and it is way easier to get your closet organized without a newborn.

2. You will need to schedule time to do normal everyday things like showering, eating, paying bills, etc. Seriously you can’t just wake up and take a shower, curl your hair, etc…

3. Newborns go to bed really late! Trey goes down for the night between 10:30-11:00. Who knew?

4. It takes a village! Don’t think you can do it alone. You can’t. Ask for help and when people offer to help you, LET THEM!

5. You will spend a lot of time pacing your floor. Newborns like movement so sitting still on the couch doesn’t make for a happy baby.

6. You will eat a lot of meals standing up. But hey isn’t that better for digestion?

7. Swaddling isn’t as easy as it looks. Get familiar with whatever swaddle you choose to use before you need to use it.

8. You are going to be seriously sleep deprived. Now obviously I knew this but until you experience it it is impossible to describe how exhausted you will be. I would suggest going out getting drunk getting only 3 hours of sleep and try to function at top performance the next day. Keep repeating that cycle for an indefinite period of time.

9. You will cry a lot at first. It’s hard and scary and overwhelming and your hormones are all over the place. You will cry and it’s okay. But it’s all worth it. 🙂

10. Target brand diapers work better than any brand name diaper in my opinion. Blow outs are inevitable but when it stays in the diaper that’s always preferred.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. December 7, 2013 4:27 pm

    #1 – I disagree, ha. I needed them longer than a week for sure! But I think it would have been smarter to switch 90% out and keep just a few pieces because it definitely was a pain to transition back. I feel like my body changed so much though (and have had other friends agree) that I pretty much needed a new wardrobe after having EACH kid and that was annoying – yes I love shopping but not for a post-partum body and having a new baby! It has taken me a long time (both times) to get happy with my wardrobe. And I hope I get to complain about clothes 1 more time, haha.

    #3 really surprised me too. You always hear how EARLY babies go to sleep – which is true from like 3 months onward, ha.

    • December 7, 2013 8:05 pm

      Your body looks great!! I want to look like you!!

  2. December 10, 2013 10:57 pm

    the most important one is #4 and you get it, so good for you and even better for baby! since baby rules, that is.

  3. December 14, 2013 9:02 pm

    Your life will go back to be less hectic around 1 year! But you still have to make time to shower.

    • December 15, 2013 1:04 am

      That, surprisingly, has been one of the hardest adjustments. The needing to schedule showers was a huge shock to me.

  4. Stephanie permalink
    January 9, 2014 10:49 pm

    I still don’t shower every day. Mine our 6 and 3. And I know people wonder how its possible I’m not in super shape since I’m in workout clothes everyday…but I don’t workout everyday. 🙂

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