1. YOU CAN'T PREPARE
You can read all the baby books in the world, google everything, talk to other mums but nothing can prepare you for the whirlwind of black poos, mustard poos, the first solid poo, the exhaustion, routine-stress, naps, cracked nipples, when your baby first smiles (your heart will stop), when they laugh, the constant worry - you can’t prepare for any of it.
2. NAPS AND ROUTINE OBSESSION
You will spend a large majority of your time googling sleep routines, ‘why won’t my baby nap?’….it will become your life's obsession.
3. SLEEP REGRESSIONS ARE NOT FUN
Who knew? Apparently there's one at 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9...months, you get my point. Coffee is life.
4. HANGOVERS ARE EVEN MORE HORRIFIC
I'll just leave that one there. You really don't want that second tequila shot love.
5. MUM GUILT IS REAL
You will feel guilty for feeling guilty about feeling guilty. And judged. So judged. Do what is best for you and your baby.
6. THE LOVE FOR YOUR BABY IS OVERWHELMING
The love you feel for your baby will some days take your breath away. Like literally stop you in your tracks, you have never known a love like it.
7. WOMEN ARE AMAZING
We all struggle some days and it's nothing to feel ashamed about. Just because being a mum might not be joy every second of the day – it doesn’t mean you’re a bad mum, or you love your baby any less. And you’re never alone. Remember that.
8. THE WORLD IS SCARIER
You will be so much more aware of the tragedies that take place in the world and you will worry much more. The world does seem scarier. All you want to do is protect your child forever.
9. RESPECT PARENTS MORE
You love your parents more because you know how much they really love you. They have been through the four-month-sleep regression and survived – that deserves a medal.
10. CBEEBIES IS LIFE
Mr Tumble and his spotty bag, Bing (ANNOYING), that guy with the floppy hair who loves dinosaur adventures. This will become your world. Enjoy your Netflix while you can!
Royal Marine Wife. Mum to Rafe.