1) If a baby can't hear themselves cry, they won't cry. I never knew this one until I went to a Cardiologist appointment for my little guy. He had to have 20 leads on him, and I thought for sure the tech would never be able to stop him from crying and moving to get the lead on, but she did. She has this gun that had flashing lights and made noise. He couldn't hear himself cry, and immediately stopped!!! Amazing!!! So when your in the car and the baby is crying, turn that radio up!!! Works like a charm!
2) When an item of clothing says 0-6 months, it will not fit a Newborn in the hospital! Unless you have a 12 pounder!! So even if the outfit is super cute, don't bring it to the hospital!
3) After you have a baby, a nice hot shower will be your new favorite hang out spot! I use every ounce of HOT water and make sure I don't run the dishwasher or washer before!!
4) C-Section is MAJOR SURGERY!! Don't let anyone tell you otherwise!
5) Everyone has their own Annoying opinions about EVERYTHING! From naps to sleeping to eating to discipline to diapering, do yourself a favor and don't give ANY mother UNWANTED ADVICE or SUGGESTIONS unless they ask for it! I am the MOM and know what's best for MY child. You are your son's or daughter's Mom and know what's best for him or her. Enough said.
6) Newborns don't always sleep 16 to 20 hours a day. I had these visions that I would be so rested and get so much done while home with my newborn....never happened! When my son was colicky, he slept 1 hour during the day if I was lucky, and that was between weeks 2-6. So don't always believe everything you hear. Even now he doesn't nap much, maybe 3 naps a day at 1 hour each, but he has been sleeping through the night at 7 weeks!!! Now he sleeps 9 hours at night, I am not complaining. Therefore when everyone tells you, Sleep when they sleep, well this never happened for me.
7) What Colic was. Never knew what this was until my little guy had it! Colic is basically when the baby's digestive, sensory, and nervous system has not fully developed and is not adapted to living in this outside world yet. The baby is so uncomfortable because of gas bubbles and often has a "witching hour" in the evening. Our little guy used to cry around 7PM and go till 12 or 1AM a few nights a week! It was exhausting. He couldn't be comforted!! This can be exhausting on the parents, and to be honest, I can see how some parents might lose it. It is important to have a strong support system!
8) I am a by-the-book, rule follower, direction reader type of gal, and when something doesn't fit into that book, I am lost. BABIES DO NOT always follow the Norms!! Give yourself some leeway and patience!!
9) That black line that some women develop while pregnant that extends from the pubic bone to the belly button is called the Linea Negra. This line comes from hormonal changes, and in most cases it does go away! I thought that this line just disappeared over time, but in fact it peels away!!! Yes!! I was in the shower and was exfoliating when I noticed black skin coming off my stomach, I had no idea what it was until i googled it. You can literally scratch it off!! Weird! On a side note, my black line also made a large ring around my belly button which I had never seen before either. That too scratched off.
10) Cradle Cap is a scaly condition of the babies scalp and is often seen in newborns!! I did not know that this is often caused because either you (if you are breastfeeding) or the baby has been on antibiotics. Cradle Cap is harmless and my pediatrician said to put a warm compress on it, then lube it up with some baby oil, and scratch it off!
11) Not all babies like pacifiers!! I never wanted my baby to get so addicted to his pacifier that he would be 2 years old and still walking around with it in his mouth, however, it would have helped during his colicky stage if he took the pacifier!! Nope, you would think I was gagging him when I put it into his mouth!! Oh well!
12) If you are exclusively breastfeeding, it will take awhile for your flabby stomach to become lean and flat again. The hormones in your body from breastfeeding keep your belly soft. So don't worry:) You will still have to lose the baby weight!
And one more Bonus Thought:
Being a Mom is so much better than you can ever imagine!! The first few weeks are ROUGH, but it gets SO MUCH BETTER!! Hang in there all you Mommies!!
(P.S. This Michael Jordan Onzie was
what I brought to the hospital
for him to wear as his "take home" outfit...
too bad it didn't fit)
What is your advice for Mom's or things you wish you had known?
What can you relate to in my post?