This week, The 4 Moms of 35+ Kids are reminiscing about what to expect the first weeks after having a baby.
(Be sure to see our advice on how to manage the home while nursing a baby.)
I have to admit that even though I have had 8 newborns, I can't remember a lot of specifics about those first few weeks because I was so. Very. Tired.
I even specifically remember once falling asleep while reading aloud and having one of the children ask me what was wrong and why did I keep closing my eyes while I was reading.
Yes, you will be very tired because the newborn baby needs to be fed around the clock and she doesn't know about your preference for sleeping between midnight and 6a.m.
And if you have other children who do know about your preference for sleeping during the dark hours, they will be wide awake and raring to go during the daylight hours, which means you will basically be subsisting on a series of 2 hour naps, broken up with bouts of nursing, diaper changes, and keeping your other children from wandering the streets looking for food.
In case I have scared you off of reproducing ever again, take heart! There is good news!
That li'l critter you gave birth to will capture your heart with her teeny tiny fingernails, her perfectly formed eyelashes, and her gassy smiles.
You'll marvel at how soft her skin is and that she can thrive and grow on your breast milk alone. You will wonder at the miracle God performed inside you when He created her.
You'll manage to incorporate the baby into your daily routine, taking her to church, wearing her in a sling while cooking dinner, and reading a story to the kids while nursing her.
And then you'll doze off again because you'll be so tired.
Then, nurse, change diaper, repeat.
I wonder what the rest of the 4 Moms team remembers about life in the first weeks after having a baby?