Baby Steps, Mom Steps: 5 Motherhood Surprises
Five Things You Won’t Read in the Baby Books
- Babies don’t have nails. They have little tiny claws…like cats. Little tiny claws that they won’t let you cut. In order to cut those claws, you need to distract them, attempt to cut them while they sleep (but why would you risk waking them up?), have 2 adults hold down your little bundle of joy, or something more inventive.
- The inevitable “poop explosion”. You know, those times when the diaper couldn’t hold the load and it ended up all over everything? I was in a clothing store once and this poor woman’s little girl had just had her very first explosion. I was there with a friend and between the two of us we were able to supply her with enough wipes and a new diaper to clean her up. Fortunately she was able to buy a new outfit. I’m pretty sure she tossed the old out right there!
- I have a boy. A son. My pride and joy. It was okay that he peed on me and our baby nurse who was schooled and prepared for this. It wasn’t okay when he peed on our TV. And the cat. And in the cat’s water bowl. All of this while he laid on his back while his pee arced over his head and landed behind him. This came as a surprise to me.
- Postpartum depression. Or even “the baby blues”. I took a breast feeding class, a parenting class, a CPR class, and a birthing class. In NONE of these did this subject even come up! Hell-Ooo! It happens ALL THE TIME! It’s not something to be ashamed of and it should at least be brought up!
- The amazing ability of babies to make you smile ear to ear with just a look, a coo, or a word. The pride you feel when you hear them say their first word or see them take their first step. The fact that your phone is filled with pictures and videos to a point where you have to delete some to make room for more. The habit you got into of going into their bedroom every night after they’re asleep to touch, or even just to look, one more time before you turn in for the night. This also came as a surprise to me.
Lauren is a mom, wife, BornFree Ambassador, and former architect living in New York. She describes herself as being quite a bit like Phoebe from “Friends” with a little Monica thrown in. Her blog “Baby Steps. Mom Steps” is a regular column on BornFreeMom.com
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