- The night sweats. If menopause is anything like this….Lord help me. Every night I wake up drenched in sweat and throughout the day I have random hot flashes that are so serious I want to strip all the way down. Hopefully, my hormones will normalize soon and I will
- My neck, my back! Maybe it’s my advanced maternal age (medical terms for ‘you’re old as heck having a baby’) but, my neck and back hurt terribly! I’m propping my back with tons of pillows while feeding Benjamin and doing tons of exercises and stretches when I get a free minute but, it’s not a long-term solution at all. If you’ve had back pain you know how annoying it can be. It literally affects everything I do. I have to make an appointment at Massage Heights and with a chiropractor ASAP.
- Showers and meals are a luxury. I never realized how much my time management skills would be challenged! Simple things like taking a long shower and sitting down to eat a meal have become a thing of the past. As soon as Benjamin is quiet or sleeping, I’m running to scarf down something to eat or running into the shower for all of two minutes….if that.
- Breastfeeding is work. Everything I thought about breastfeeding has gone out of the window over the past nine weeks. I’ve been nursing a lot more than I thought I would, which is good but it has really taken a lot out of me. I am constantly raiding the kitchen because of all of these calories I’m burning being Ben’s personal cow. And between nursing, pumping, and bottle feeding I am exhausted!
- Emotional wreck. I was not expecting the daily crying sessions and inner mama bear emotions over my little man. Pre-mommyhood, I was so not the emotional type but, this little boy (and these postpartum hormones) has changed all of that.
Being a mom is a lot more work than I could have ever imagined but, what I also did not know was that I could be so madly in love with another human being (other than my hubby). This little boy is everything I prayed for and more! When I look at his little angel face, I’m reminded of how faithful God is. Despite the things doctors told me for years, I had to have faith that could move mountains that God would give me a healthy baby one day. It was hard as hell and I had some low moments but, he was all worth it.
New mommies, what are some things you have learned while parenting that you did not expect?