The last two weeks since giving birth have been very tiring and a lot of fun at the same time. There are a few things that I wish I had known, that might have made things a little easier on us. I'd like to share them with you.
1. Unless there is a concern about baby losing too much weight, you don't have to wake baby up every 2-3 hours at night to feed. The first couple nights we drove ourselves crazy trying to wake her up (and failing) and it made me feel like a bad Mom.
2. Your cats are not going to jump in the crib and smother the baby. I'm not kidding; our first night at home M and I slept in shifts because we thought the cats were acting a little weird and were worried about what they were going to do.
3. Stock up on pads! GIANT diaper-like pads! I took as many as I could from the hospital and it was not enough. I was not prepared for how much bleeding there would be and my stockpile of pantiliners just did not cut it. Sure, you can go out and buy them right after you get home, but trust me, you are not going to feel up to anything other than sitting on your butt your first few days at home.
4. You're not going to break the baby. I swear it took me 15 minutes to change her diaper or her clothes the first couple days because I was so worried about dislocating one of her little arms or cutting off circulation to her legs. Babies are pretty resilient; acting as if they are akin to porcelain dolls causes anxiety and stress and is just not necessary.
5. Baby poop can be explosive, and this is normal. Poor M has been sprayed with poop a number of times now. Our carpet is another casualty. Invest in disposable or washable pads that go over your changing pad cover and something (like extra wipes or pads) that you can use to try to cover the poop fountain. You're welcome.