Sheffield will be one month old on Monday — holy geez. How did that happen so fast? And before you ask, YES, I am going to be that annoying blogger that does monthly updates. Sorry, not sorry.
But today is exactly four weeks since he was brought into this world. And with those four weeks, here’s what I’ve learned about being a mom.
// no shit, this stuff is hard. I mean, you are responsible for a HUMAN.
// this C-section stuff STILL hurts. I read something that said it can take up to five weeks to heal. AND the weird numbness on my stomach? yeah, apparently that can last for three years.
// while on that note, don’t look at your post-baby body until you absolutely need to. and let’s be honest, when do you really need to? that’s why they make those giant towels and robes.
// getting peed on really isn’t that bad when it’s your kid.
// if you have an amazing husband, you actually will get some sleep some nights. luckily, I have one of these, and he knows when a day was rough and will take the early morning feeding. (also, I know that this scenario only presents itself because I can’t breastfeed — which I sort of still feel guilty about). you will still be sleep deprived…as previously stated in point 1, caring for a child is hard.
// I have googled everything. Everything from — when does baby acne go away? where did his eyebrows go? my 3 week old won’t stop crying! my 3 week old sleeps all the time! when should you start tummy time? when can they hold their heads up? There is a crap ton of baby information on the internet — it can be overwhelming. (and to answer some of those, yes, poor Sheffield has baby acne and his eyebrows seemed to have disappeared. also, he seems possessed some days and then others will sleep the whole day away.)
// you don’t have to be reading to your one week old. or two week old. or putting them on an activity mat the second they are birthed. all we’ve been giving him is lots of love and attention, and he seems to be doing just fine. No judgment to those who do. In the words of Amy Poehler – “Good for her, not for me.”
// when they smile (whether they do it on purpose or not at this age), it’s pretty much the greatest thing on the planet.
// when your husband tells you to get out of the house for a minute for a breather — DO IT. even if it’s only been a week or two. You will get overwhelmed, and you will think you are doing a horrible job. Sometimes a thirty minute walk around Target is just what you need. Bonus if you find awesome nail polish on clearance.
**I am of course no expert — and I don’t claim to be. These are just what I’ve learned *