I think what pretty much sums it up is this: it is one of the hardest things that I have ever had to adjust to, however, it is the most rewarding.
Let’s start with the labor. I’ve NEVER felt pain like that in my entire life. I think I am still traumatized in all honesty. After eighteen hours of induced labor and no epidural, I felt this rush of pain followed by so much relief when I saw that she had finally come out. I still can’t believe she came out of me.
All of a sudden, I was sitting in a hospital bed staring at a little girl who was hungry. Being a first time mom, I had no idea what I was doing. My nurses were teaching me how to breast feed and I found it amazing how much my body adjusted to my daughter feeding off of me. It was quite painful at first, so much so in fact that I had to request nipple cream with how raw they were. Then after a month, my nipple would hurt if she didn’t open her mouth wide. If you’re a new mom, I would suggest you take the breastfeeding classes that your medical center offers. Remember: you are BREASTfeeding, not NIPPLEfeeding. Don’t let the baby just suck on your nipple. Make sure most of the areola is in the baby’s mouth.
I admit that I felt restless in the hospital. I stayed for two days, being constantly woken up for blood work or checking my blood pressure, but boy was I wrong for feeling that way at the moment. The real restlessness didn’t start until I got home. She had me up all night for the first eight days. I was moody, cranky, exhausted. I would find myself attempting to sleep literally everywhere. Eating at the table? I’d be passed out mid-meal. Watching television? It was more like the television was watching me. I hate to make it sound like it’s unbearable at first, but I honestly wanted to give up so many times, and I wondered what I was thinking trying to start a family in the first place. But after adjusting to being a mom, understanding my daughter’s whining and crying, those thoughts went away.
What I’m trying to say is: new moms, it gets easier, I promise. I know it’s a little difficult to transition once you give birth. After all, you’re so accustomed to protecting your child in your uterus, so it’s completely normal to be overprotective of your child once they’re out. If someone is offering to help, allow it. You would be surprised with how much family or friends are willing to attend to the baby so that you can get some rest or run errands or even pamper yourself. That way, you don’t find yourself so stressed out. And it is okay to cry. I completely lost count of how many times I found myself crying in the middle of the night because I didn’t understand why my daughter was crying. You’ll learn to understand what each cry means. You’ll also be able to know automatically what your child needs by their patterns, so you’ll soon be able to skip the crying altogether. And when your child smiles at you, it’s just an amazing reassurance that throughout all the stress, it’s all worth it. Stay strong moms, you’ll see ❤️