Okay, I don’t know why this has been running through my head lately, especially because I am not one to give advice for parents or parents-to-be, BUT I just had to put this out there 🙂
1} A couple of months before you have the baby…. FREEZE MEALS!!!! Make easy casseroles, soups, crockpot meals, enchiladas, and don’t forget BREAKFAST! You may have visitors, but you are also going to want to be left alone and visitors don’t always cook. You are not going to want to cook, nor will you have time. You will also not want to eat out everyday. Yuck! Freezing meals was the greatest thing I did and if you are lucky enough to have an extra freezer, load it up! Freeze bread, fruit, veggies, because you may not be up for grocery shopping either! I had a really tough recovery and I’m so glad I planned ahead of time!
2} Before the baby is born do not listen to those people who say “get your sleep now”. Getting extra sleep does NOT prepare you for the zombie you will become. Stay up really late and gorge yourself with all the tv you want on Netflix. Sleep in and do whatever you want because those days will be over soon. Go to a million movies, even ones you don’t care to see that much. Stay out late or go to bed early, but just do whatever you want!
3} When the baby is here you will get criticized for everything. Everyone has something to say. They will even say “don’t listen to people” and then they will give their own advice. It’s quite funny actually. Some people will have something to say about how you dress them, carry them, sit with them, etc. WHO CARES!!!!! You do what you need to do. You will know, FOLLOW YOUR GUT! Don’t read out of those books, internet, etc. YOU KNOW WHAT IS BEST FOR YOUR BABY! Good things or bad things can happen no matter how careful you are, so just be as happy as a new parent can possibly be and do what you need to do.
4} Write daily! I got a book called “Mom’s One Line a Day” that has a small space for each day of the year and room for up to 5 years. I have written in it every night since she was born and have made a bed time ritual out of it.
5} Babies don’t smile or laugh for a couple of months. This statement is the one I didn’t ever hear and this statement is a warning. Being around this tiny being that only cries for at least 2.5 months is the hardest thing in the world to cope with when you are exhausted. I have no advice for how to handle the constant crying and frowns other than….
6} IT TOO SHALL PASS. You will hear that more than anything and that is the only thing that is true! You will reach a million milestones very quickly and all the heartache, pain, exhaustion, tears, sleep fighting, etc… will pass and the pure happiness will be what sticks to you the most.
There are about a million things when it comes to babies… try to get on a schedule, what to feed the baby, how to feed the baby, how the baby should sleep, where it should sleep…. simply follow your instincts… That is pretty much the only advice you should take from this post. Haha! 🙂 Congrats if you have a baby on the way 🙂