When you're pregnant, and then become a mom, people give you all kinds of advice and have thoughts and opinions on everything. The "wait until you're a mom" statements came at me left and right. Luckily, I am really good at taking things with a grain of salt and not getting offended.
Here are somethings people said, and then my experience.
- You'll never have time to shower. I feel like this is sooo false. Maybe it will be harder when he becomes mobile, but for now, where is he going to go while I shower? I just wait until he naps, or even if he is fussy, and set him in his Rock 'N Play right outside the shower. He isn't going to escape! And, if he starts crying, well, crying never hurt a baby and I'm not at the spa, so he can wait for five minutes. Luckily, G loves the sound of the shower, but in all honesty I shower when Chris is home (most of the time). When he was really newborn, it was so easy to shower because newborns sleep so much! So, for those moms to be out there, don't worry, you will shower!
- You'll become a huge germaphobe. Nope! I've never been a germaphobe. Chris, on the other hand, is a total germaphobe, but has gotten better since Graham arrived. We can't shelter him from the world and germs forever! We went out to a restaurant when he was six days old, Starbucks at one week old, and Target numerous times. I don't let people touch him, but I'm not paranoid about it.
- You'll never sleep. This is true and not true. You do sleep, just in a few hour increments. Now that we are eight weeks in, my body is adjusted to functioning off of naps, not long periods of sleep. There has (knock on wood!) only been one night that Graham woke up ready to party at 2:00am. After nursing him and trying to rock him back to sleep, he wasn't having it, so Chris took him in the living room while I slept until 6:30am. I woke up in a panic and ran out in the living room. Chris informed me that G had just fallen asleep after he gave him a bottle, so I could go back to sleep. I fell back asleep until 7:30am and then let Chris go in the room where he slept until 11:30am. My biggest advice is what everyone says...sleep when the baby sleeps. Whether it be for ten minutes or two hours, sleep!
- You, as mama, just know. SO TRUE. I never knew how a baby could be fussy and then the mom picks it up and silence...until I became a mom. And, I will tell you, it is the BEST feeling ever. Graham is super cuddly, so when he wants me, it melts my heart! A few weekends ago I could tell he was getting overstimulated from being passed around way too much and the moment I grabbed him, he passed out in my arms. Mama knows!
So, what advice or saying have you been told that have been proven true, or not true?!
And, a post wouldn't be a post without some baby #GrahamSpam.