What Life Is Really Like With a New Baby
Katlyn Eggar, St. Charles, IL
I wish I knew…that I’d become a bit of a hermit. The first six weeks, I felt like I was living in a cave. I was recovering from a c-section and nursing around the clock, so I barely left the house. It was very tiring, and I definitely did not take time to cook or clean. We decided ahead of time not to have any out-of-town visitors and just a few guests for the first several weeks. But it was also a magical time, and we took pictures every day of our little sweetheart. It was so fun dressing her in adorable little outfits and introducing her to close family. We used Skype so far-flung family could get introduced too.
I wish I knew…how hard it is to sleep when the baby sleeps. My plan to “sleep when baby sleeps” totally backfired when I realized naps may or may not happen, and when they do, you have to decide, “Should I nap? Should I cook? Clean? Do my makeup? Check my email?” That phase passes quickly, but when you’re in the thick of it, you feel like it will never end!
I wish I knew…how obsessed about safety I’d become. We read a lot of online reviews before buying a car seat and decided to splurge on a top-of-the-line seat we could trust. Before doing my research, I didn’t know that it’s not safe to put baby in a car seat in a winter coat or thick clothing because the straps won’t fit securely enough; that it’s not safe to add dangly toys or comfy seat covers to the seat; or that if you’re involved in a car accident, you should replace your car seat in case there’s internal damage. Babyproofing is stressful too. It feels like no matter what you do, baby will get into something! But using outlet covers and cabinet locks, moving plants out of reach, and cleaning out drawers that baby can reach at least creates some peace of mind.