You’re life will never be the same.
There is no going back now. This tiny life you hold in your arms is bonded to you u til the day you die. But why would you want to turn back? The greatest joys and challenges await you. But there are a few things you need to know
You will receive unsolicited advice.
It happens to every mom, so don’t take it personally. Yea, some will act like you’re methods are putting your child in mortal danger. Don’t let new mommy hormones get the better of you. Hold your head up high, have faith in your ability to know what is best for your baby and let it all roll off your back. Onwards and upwards!
There will always be housework and laundry
So sleep now while you can. I know, the house has never seemed more cluttered and the piles of laundry and dishes so high. It will get worse, trust me. Get used to it, relax, and just go with the flow. Martha Stewart has officially relocated, and in her place is a new sweet bundle that will grow, make a ton of messes and likely break your favorite nic-nacks. So, childproof your home and don’t worry about the clutter.
Babies don’t care about all those books you read
Reading them wasn’t a waste of time. Don’t panic. But bear in mind that every baby is unique. No other baby on planet earth, in all of history, is like the one you’re holding in your arms right now, so no book will give you 100% of the tools you need to raise him. Only God, who ordained all his days, can give you wisdom. So go ahead, read the books, but hold them loosely and then take what you’ve read to the throne of grace.
For goodness sakes, take care of yourself!
Pregnancy is hard on your body, a C-section is even harder. Recovery will be long and you have about 3 years of sleepless nights ahead of you (because….psssst….about the time this one starts sleeping, you’ll have another bun in the oven!). Take care of your body, because you’ll bounce back a lot sooner. Eat well, exercise lightly when you’re released to do so, take you’re vitamins, and stay as active as possible…and most of all: grab rest when you can.
Don’t push yourself so hard. Don’t expect more of yourself than others expect of you. And above all, don’t take yourself so seriously.
You will make mistakes. You will fail. You’ll realize that all your opinions about cartoons, tantrums, and toddler eating habits will be challenged and eventually tossed aside.
I know you want to be a perfect mom, but soon – very soon – you will settle for being an average mom. That is one of the best decisions you will make, because perfection is far too high a bar for any mother to reach.