Parenthood is a rollercoaster, so we might as well just buckle up and enjoy the ride— hanging on for the good, the bad, and the ugly (spit-up on your shirt at a meeting, anyone?). Whether you’re a mom-to-be or a seasoned pro, everyone can appreciate these 10 Things You Wish You Knew When You Became a Parent— and chances are, you have a few you would add!
Their clothes won’t be clean for long
Spit up, blowouts, you name it— All of those adorable, tiny baby clothes may be folded neatly and looking pristine now, but once your Mini arrives, they will never be the same.
You can say goodbye to showering
We’re all looking back fondly on the time when we had more than ten minutes to shower in peace— if we get to shower at all. Your baby will become attached to you for feedings, bouncing, shushing, and the like, so bathing will soon become a luxury.
You will love them so much it hurts
Like, physically hurt. When you look at the precious little being you actually created, you will realize you’ve never known a love like this.
That mesh hospital underwear is EVERYTHING
It’s like a new mom’s little secret. The disposable underwear they dole out at the hospital will become your new BFF and you’ll probably steal some extra pairs to take home. In fact, Jemima Kirke 100% did.
You cannot always “sleep when the baby sleeps”
That phrase will ring in your ears, but when they actually fall asleep, you will have a laundry list of other things to do and always want to bypass that chance to snag a nap.
Other parents will feel compelled to comment— on everything
On every topic, at every stage, other parents will chime in with their two cents. The best course of action? Put on your mom blinders and follow your own path. Only you know what is best for your baby!
Your body may not “bounce back”
Not all new moms can expect to leave the hospital at their pre-pregnancy weight. In fact, you may still look six months pregnant. Just remember, you grew a baby for nine months— give yourself at least that for the weight to leave.
Your daily uniform will be athleisure— or just pajamas
Embrace the leggings, just embrace them. Or size up for the postpartum stage if you need to put on “real pants.”
Separation anxiety is REAL
When the time comes to leave your baby for a few hours (even if it’s just for date night!), it will feel like climbing Everest. Because you will need them as much as they need you.
They will be fine— And so will you
It’s a common feeling amongst all new parents that you might “break” your baby in some way, that you’re not doing something the “right” way. But when we interviewed mom of two Busy Philipps for our summer issue, she had the best advice as to what she’d tell her new parent self— “Chill out. She’s going to be fine and so will you.”