Lessons Learnt (So Far)

24 Jan

It’s not easy being a first-time parent but nothing compares to being one. My son, who is currently napping as I quickly type this, is only two weeks old and he has brought us nothing but joy… and little discoveries that make our lives even more interesting now that he’s around.

I would like to share the lessons I learnt so far and some things I discovered over the past two weeks with the little one:

1. Breastfeeding is no easy feat. It’s not just the milk supply that you have to worry about. It’s also the baby latching on and wanting to be breastfed.

2. A newborn’s body clock doesn’t conform to yours. You make the adjustment because it’s usually the opposite.

3. After feeding, burping, singing, nappy change, rocking, and playing, if the baby doesn’t stop crying, try doing them again. One by one. Or do a combo (e.g. rocking and feeding, singing and playing). Feel free to get creative.

4. Labour, obviously, is a pain. Recovery is just as bad, especially if you’re about to “go” but would have second thoughts about it. Oh, and yeah, it hurts that bad! It’s a pain in the a***. Literally.

5. The sound of your baby’s cry will make you drop all the things that you’re doing and dash like mad to your little one. (Yes, he/she can bring out the Flash in you.) If you’re asleep, the mere sound of a whimper is enough to jolt you back from Neverland. It’s like having a shot of espresso. No, make that a double. 

6. The face of your baby when he/she poops is simply adorable. When the little one grunts and pushes, believe me, you will smile or laugh at how fascinating baby pooping is.

7. You can stare all day at your baby. And when he/she smiles, your day is definitely made.

8. Vaccinations and screenings involving needles and syringes will surely break your heart.

9. You become somehow emotional that little things suddenly move you to tears, but you are overflowing with love.

10. You become a different person overnight, like gaining super powers you never thought possible: a milk machine, a singer-cum-songwriter, nursery rhyme writer, a storyteller, entertainer, shock absorber, 24-hr security, and, most importantly, a mother.

I can’t wait to learn new things about my baby and discover even more about motherhood in the weeks, months, years to come. Good luck to us first-time parents!

Blogging from my side of the globe,
Marie

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