For practical advice, buy some muslins, they are by far the most useful part of my kit! Pop a folded one under babie's head when she/he is sleeping, if she/he is sick or possets it won't mark the sheets and will save having to do so much washing, I also use them as bibs, I get through about 5 a day, and never leave the house without at least 2!
Sleep when baby sleeps...
Follow your own instincts...
Grin and bare the annoying comments from Grandma and other well meaning oldies who tell you it's a good idea to put brandy in babie's bottle or other such nonsense....
If you can afford it, get a cleaner for the first month, or at least someone to iron or do laundry, by far the best investment I swear!
ENJOY IT! The sleepless nights and constant screaming may seem hard, but the baby time passes so fast, enjoy LO while he/she is little, believe me, it's when they start moving and talking that the real trouble starts LOL
Live for today, because you really don't know what tomorrow will bring. Sounds morbid, but tomorrow you could be hit by a bus. Make the most of every moment with your baby, because no matter what your baby does, how much they cry and spit up at you, how much they keep you awake all night, you love them, and they love you.
Make the most of your baby
Also, trust your instincts.. Tegan's still in the hospital, and we said before the doctors did that she was getting ill again. If the doctors say your wrong, get a second opinion.
There is one night in the first week that is horrific and baby wont settle, be ready for it... its not you and there is nothing wrong with them its just part of the settling routine and getting used to not being in your tummy. no one warned me and it was the worst night of my life i became so distressed and upset - wish someone had told me it would happen. midwife said the next day it was completely normal
Mine would be to keep an open mind and try not to plan too much. It only leaves you dissapointed if it doesn't work out. Have some ideas of what routines etc you would like but don't worry if this is not what happens. For example, I badly wanted to breastfeed but it didn't work out and I found this very hard to accept. I also have made plans to meet people, and panicked if I am running late. I don't worry about things so much now, I make 'it depends on baby' arrangements.
Also ask people to phone before they visit. Otherwise you could end up being over-run and very tired. We did this and it was great, my OH said no to people if I didn't feel I could and it is easier to say no over the phone than if they turn up unannounced.
Brilliant thread Toria.
I'm reading this as my due date looms and it has put my mind at rest a lot.
Thankyou x x
P.S. Do you think it is worth posting in the 3rd tri aswell? I only found it by accident.
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