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You went to the hospital, wore the best maternity dress, and you are now out as a mom. Congratulations!
As a first-time mom, you probably have a very different picture of motherhood. You now think that you will spend all your time with your little angel, go shopping together, cuddle all the time. And play all the time.
To be honest, you have gotten the idea of motherhood all wrong!
Raising a child is not as easy as focusing on pregnancy and preparing for your day in the labor ward. That is something that you can handle with ease! Below are some of the things no one ever told you about motherhood;
Breastfeeding is not a walk in the park
People who come to speak to you during parenting classes will tell you that breastfeeding is a straightforward exercise, but it isn’t!
Some mothers have reported taking up to 6 weeks to learn how to breastfeed their kids. Yes, it is not as easy as you think!
Sometimes, this undertaking will hurt, but you have no excuse to deny your child enough milk especially in the first six months after birth. If learning how to breastfeed is proofing to be a mission impossible, try expressing milk for the young one. This is easy and ensures you are giving him/her quality milk for improved growth.
All babies are not the same
Just because your sister’s baby was the most peace-loving being you have met doesn’t mean that yours will have the same personality.
Therefore, you need to hope for the best, but still, prepare for the worst.
Some babies will not sleep until they are cuddled up, while there are those who will take a nap anywhere, including in their play mats.
Therefore, you will need to determine what works best for your baby. So that you can develop the best strategies to cope with his/her demands.
You will rarely have time for yourself
All your time and attention will be drawn to your baby as soon as you become a mother.
Your day will start when he wakes up and will end when he takes a nap at night. When he sleeps during the day, you will be busy with baby-oriented duties such as washing clothes and sterilizing pacifiers and milk bottles.
Be prepared to be on your washing machine most of the time, because the little angel will poo, pee, and vomit on a set of clothes daily. When you are done with the chores, rest assured that all your thoughts will be geared towards what your baby will do next, or what activity you will do with the baby.
As soon as you join the motherhood bandwagon, forget about your ‘own’ time. It doesn’t exist!
You will constantly get worried
You will continuously get worried built the smallest things since you will have a bad feeling that they might have adverse effects on your baby.
In most cases, it is your hormones that will make you develop this feeling. But it is natural for mothers to feel overprotective towards their baby’s. But this feeling will dwindle when they grow older.
Did someone ever tell you about these things about motherhood in the past? Probably not! But now you know. This is the price you will have to pay when you become a mother!
A millenial mom (of two boys) who has passion in makeup and motherhood in between.