When I approached the end of my pregnancy, I was confident that my experience around infants gave me all the knowledge I needed to take care of my new bundle of joy. However, there were some areas of dealing with a baby and even my own post-natal life that I did not expect would occur.
There was warning in advance that breastfeeding was bound to hurt. I thought the benefit would outweigh the pain so I opted to breastfeed anyway. It was quite painful and not as easy as I thought it would be. However, despite all warnings that it was painful, it was not painful for long. So if you are planning on breastfeeding, endure the pain for the short duration of time and it you will ultimately benefit in the end. My son caught on quickly to breastfeeding, though it was quite a challenge. I’d advise you to take classes so you don’t feel so in the dark and lost when it approaches your first feeding time. I repeat it is not as easy as it looks.
I hate to put it so bluntly but little boys are a whole other story when it comes to diaper changes. I advise you to either purchase a pee-pee teepee or cover your son’s pee pee with a diaper wipe. He will pee on you, your family and your furniture at least once. This did not bother me but others have advised me about the pee pee teepee so I wanted to shed some light on a solution.
I definitely had a lack of preparation for this aspect of raising a son. No one ever told me that your infant would have erections. The first time it occurred, I was scared something was abnormal with my son. This however, was not the case. This means everything is functioning properly, so don’t panic.
The linea negra occurs in a majority of all pregnancy and it is the darkened line that forms down your stomach. It is due to the hormones progesterone and estrogen causing hyperpigmentation during pregnancy. I knew this was normal but I was not aware just how long I would keep it. After almost nine months, it is still there. No one told me that this took this long to go away and even that it might never go away.
Not All Advice is Created Equal
You will receive advice from everyone and their sister and their brother. You will even be criticized and receive backlash for your decisions at times. Don’t let this deter you from how you want your infant’s first year to be and how you want to parent. Advice is wonderful and welcome every tidbit of it. However, pick and choose carefully because just because 60 years ago your grandmother did it a certain way, doesn’t mean you need to too. Things have changed. Always remember your pediatrician is always your best resource and they are available any time you need them.
Baby Years Are the Hardest
Your child’s infancy is much easier than the teenage years despite anything anyone has told you. There is less to protect them from as babies and it is easier to keep a close watch. In addition, the fact that infants don’t talk back makes the sleep deprivation all worth it.
Always and I stress always have a spare outfit on hand no matter how far away or nearby you travel. Food, bodily functions and everything imaginable end up on your child’s clothes. This is not a matter of when will his or her diaper leak, it is a matter of when.
I was aware of baby acne prior to pregnancy. I was even aware of how common it was and why it occurred but I never thought that my son’s face would end up covered, I mean covered in pimples. This is perfectly normal and common for your baby to have baby acne. Your hormones during pregnancy cause this issue.