babys first year
Motherhood, in my seven months, has surprised me. And seeing my sisters and my friends becoming mothers, that has surprised and delighted me as well.
I am almost certain that I'm going to learn even more hard truths through each stage of life as a parent. The best thing I can do is face them and not let them consume me. The fact is, the hard truths don't go away, you just find ways to cope with them.
Maybe I was experiencing some crazy postpartum psychosis, because when my daughter turned three months I decided to take my coaching business online. I literally worked with my baby in one arm and my laptop in the other. A decision and journey I'm so thankful I started on.
No one ever tells you everything you need to know before you have a baby. There is an unspoken rule about not speaking the whole truth to expecting moms. Everyone tells you how rewarding it is to be a mother. They say how amazing it is to see your child smile, hear them laugh, and watch them grow. But no one ever tells you how hard it really is. No one ever tells you that the first couple months are the hardest months of your life.
We will get through this... and on the other side, we'll find we have grown as well, into much better versions of our previous selves.
Before I had my own kids, I was, like most people without children, an expert on parenting. I knew how I would limit screen time, facilitate sharing and instill a genuine preference for wheat bread over white.
2. If you don't hear from me, it's not because I've forgotten you, or I don't care about my job. Things are a bit of a haze
It's all true. Having a newborn is ridiculously hard. But new motherhood has its privileges.
There's a lot of advice out there about how to raise a baby. There's so much information, much of it contradictory, that it can be overwhelming for new parents to wade through the ocean of books, websites, and well-meaning friends and relatives, all of whom are certain their way is the correct way.
Think your baby doesn't understand physics or statistics? Think again.