I've been a mum for nearly 10 months now. It's has been the most exciting, exhausting, emotional and all round BEST thing thing that I have ever done.
Along the way I have learnt many lessons about motherhood and pregnancy as well.
So I have compiled a list of things that I have learnt so far over the last year and half of carrying, meeting and living with my gorgeous daughter, Ava.
Here we go.......
● Don't Google anything. Just don't do it. Ask a doctor or pharmacist.
● Your parents/grandparents will be an encyclopaedia of info....get as much information from them as you can. My mum was on speed dial.
● Women have been having babies for thousands of years.... don't get caught up in all the rules and social conduct of pregnancy and motherhood. Just follow medical advice and then relax!
● Dressing a bump is so much fun!
● Don't bother planning your labour. It will NEVER go to plan.
● Plan a meal with everything you couldn't eat while pregnant, to have when you check out. (Note: I didn't breastfeed so I didn't have to avoid foods, so check with doctor first).
On that note....
● If you can't breastfeed, it's not the end of the world. As long as your baby is getting fed and growing well - then you are doing amazing. Sometimes breat isn't always best - it wasn't in my case!
● You won't put your baby down for maybe...ummm 3 weeks! I didn't want to leave her for a second. It's ok, enjoy the cuddles.
● You don't need all the gadgets. Baby probably won't like half of them anyway so don't waste the money.
● Target, Big W and even Ebay sell amazing and cheap baby clothes. Don't bother with expensive brands as they will dirty it and grow out of it really quickly anyway.
● Support local markets for baby clothes. Really affordable and one of kind clothes!
● Big packs of fabric nappies ate a MUST. From cleaning vomit to using as a play mat...amazing.
● Cuddles are more important than anything. Yes it's good to be strict with routine and nap times etc.... but cuddles won't be so common soon so enjoy them.
● Mess is ok- you will be Ok.
● Record all the milestones down and make lot of memories. Take alot of videos and photos
● Nothing else matters as long is bub is ok
● Do date nights....DO IT!!
● and while on date night, don't talk about the baby - act like a new couple again.
What things have you leant since being a mum or dad?