A mothers instinct is a real thing!You are going to get more advice and tips than you will know what to do with. My mother, mother-in-law, and all my sisters had a million things to tell me about how I should do everything. I learned that you can use the advice that you feel is right for you and your baby and throw the rest out the door.
I came from a family of exclusive breastfeeders so the pressure was on. I knew I wanted to be a breastfeeding mother from the start, I just didn't know that it would take a couple of weeks to really get the hang of it! This is one place where the more advice I got the easier breastfeeding became. Call a lactation consultant for help! I have never met a mother who regretted breastfeeding. I also learned that it's ok to give your baby a bottle, we love Como Tomo Bottles for breast fed babies. Don't beat yourself up if you feel like taking a break from a feeding and have your spouse feed them a bottle. For more tips on breast feeding check out a post I wrote a while back, The Best Breast Feeding Positions.
Breastfeeding is hard (VERY HARD)
Meal time is fun! Pictured: Boon Flair - Orange/White
Get on a schedule!I never thought about this while I was pregnant, but I'm so happy that it happened naturally. I will tell you that newborns don't do a schedule at first, but they eventually work themselves into one in the first couple of months. Try making a schedule around Eat, Sleep, Play. Create a bedtime routine and try to stick with it! It will help you keep your sanity and gives you some personal time and time to bond with your husband (which will seem like a luxury).
Your baby will get sick.The idea of my baby getting sick seemed like the worst thing in the world. For the first 4 months, every time our baby seemed to have a sniffle or was a little more fussy than normal we would take him in to see his pediatrician. Being a bit of a germaphobe myself, I would try everything to keep him from getting colds. Our pediatrician told us that they are going to get sick and and that's ok! They need to build up an immune system and that is how they do it. We now only take him in if we feel like it is worse than normal (which, to be honest, is still often because I am a mom who worries!). One of my favorite things to use when my infant is sick is our Baby ComfyNose Nasal Aspirator. I know it sounds odd, but it really does the trick when your infant needs some help getting their little nose cleared out!
I knew that being a mom would be hard work. I knew there would be many nights of very little sleep and many tears over if you are parenting right, but what I didn't know is how much I could love such a small thing. There are times where I feel my heart might explode. Enjoy every moment because they grow so fast!
You will never understand how you can love them so much!
Even when they're trouble, you can't help but love them!