Every expectant mother and new mom knows what it’s like to be bombarded with advice. With a growing bump or new baby, family, friends and perfect strangers often offer words of wisdom about becoming a parent. Even with 9 months of such encounters, during my first two weeks of motherhood, I have found 3 things NOBODY told me about having a baby…
- Hot Flashes – What the heck? The first night I was home from the hospital, I woke up drenched in sweat. I’m talking hair soaked, clothes saturated, bedsheets soggy kind of sweat. Yeah, gross. I was so confused, and in my twilight state actually thought my water had broken (been there, done that). My lovely nightly hot flashes continued for about the first week postpartum. I learned to sleep on a towel and change it out every few hours. How glamorous :)
- Milk – My life revolves around milk. Do I have enough milk? Do I have too much milk? Should I pump to maintain my supply? Will pumping cause an oversupply? Why are ALL of my clothes covered in milk? Seriously. I never imagined that milk would be such a central part of my day. I can’t even begin to describe the amount of laundry I have to do just to manage milk overload – baby clothes, bras, nursing tops, burp rags, blankets… the list goes on. That being said, breastfeeding is going really well with Eleanor, so I can’t really complain with a happy, healthy baby in my arms!
- Boobs – Don’t get too excited about wearing your old clothes. While my wardrobe has certainly expanded since losing my baby bump, I still can’t fit into the majority of my pre-pregnancy tops and dresses. The culprit – my chest. Being small chested pre-pregnancy means that nearly all of my clothes are ill equipped to handle my well endowed shape while nursing. I refuse to buy anything additional for my closet that won’t fit long term, so I’m still stuck primarily in my maternity tops. Here’s hoping that everything “evens out” by fall :)
Of course there is one thing that everyone told me over the past 9 months that I have found to be 100% true – I have fallen completely and madly in love with my little girl.
Did you have any surprises after having a baby? Any suggestions for stretching a wardrobe that just doesn’t quite fit?