So, I posted this on Facebook back at the beginning of September when Grayson was just a wee ten days old. I still look back on these ten things and realize that some things have changed and some still remain the same. One thing I do know is that my love for my little boy has only gotten stronger and as parents Brent and I have learned so much more about ourselves as individuals and as a couple.
It’s nice to reminisce on the past, so here I share with you what I learned in just ten short days.
10 Things I Learned in the First Ten Days of Being A New Mom
1. You will cry. You will cry a lot. As soon as I heard my little boy start crying I instantly started bawling. It was the best feeling in the entire world. That’s when I looked up and saw Brent’s eyes get red and watery. That moment was something so special to us I will remember it for the rest of my life, and when I think about it, I still want to cry. The crying didn’t stop there. When Brent wheeled him into our hospital room in the bassinet for me to hold him for the first time I started bawling again, I supposedly had everyone in the room bawling too. The emotions don’t stop after you leave the hospital. You will cry and cry a lot. Sometimes for no reason and other times because you are happy and sometimes because you are sad. Thankfully Brent understood my hormones were still outta wack.
2. People aren’t kidding when they say at times you will feel as if you are nursing around the clock. Sometimes I felt like I did not stop.
3. The first night home is hard on everyone and you will not get any sleep for many reasons. One because the baby will cry, he will be hungry, you are already tired, and you will be paranoid the whole night wondering if he’s okay sleeping.
4. You will have to figure out ways to make your baby happy when you don’t quite know what else to do if the following are done: they have a clean diaper and have been fed yet they won’t sleep in their bassinet or their crib, and you can’t hold them all through the night. We learned Grayson did not like to lay flat whether it be in his crib or his bassinet. Even on a blanket on the floor or on his play mat. We had to elevate his crib mattress and once that was done he slept for a whopping 4 hours straight. He was not a fan of his swing either, but his boppy lounger was a savior during the day when we needed to set him down. (Even now at almost three months we are still figuring some things out. You learn as you go.)
5. You will fall in love with your husband all over again when you have a baby. The love between a father and their baby is so special. Brent adores Grayson and when he talks to him and holds him it makes my heart feel so good.
6. You will go through diapers like no other and wipes too when your baby has oh..for example 14 poopy diapers in the first 48 hours of his life!
7. Your perspective on life completely changes when you have someone you are now in charge of caring for, loving on every minute, and making sure they are happy for the rest of their life.
8. Sometimes your child will not want to be set down and they just want to be held. Hold them. They are only little for so long. They still at ten days old miss hearing your heartbeat. So hold them close and let them listen.
9. Make sure you show love everyday. They don’t know a kiss means you love them, but one day they will. So give lots of kisses. Talk to them. Smile at them. And make then feel loved.
10. Know that being a parent is the best feeling in the world. If you think you are 100% prepared you won’t be. But take it with a grain of salt and know that it will get easier. The first week is hard, but if you can get through the first week then you can do it for the rest of your life.