Motherhood can seem like a complete mystery until your fall into it, face first. That’s when things get real pretty dam fast. You might have had some ideas about what it entails. Honestly, you had a mom of your own. But that doesn’t mean you knew how to be a mom. Here are just some of the mothering lessons from your mom you actually needed in your life before you became a mom.
You need THESE mothering lessons from your mom
1. Stock up on mesh panties, giant pads, and disposable nursing pads before giving birth.
Giving birth to a baby is a beautiful and unforgettable experience, but it’s just as messy and can be super scary to. Have you ever seen an epidural needle? If you haven’t, don’t Google it before you give birth. Trust us on this one. Motherhood is pretty much the same deal. It is a beautiful yet scary mess at times. But it’s worth it.
2. The first night home with your first baby will be the scariest life of your night
This is one piece of mothering advice from your mom that just cannot be stressed enough. You also need to remember that most babies don’t want to sleep in a crib until they’re three or four months old. Oh and also, you can’t call the paediatrician after hours just because your baby doesn’t want to go to sleep.
3. You’ll love a tiny, pooping, puking and crying human more than you love life itself
You really have no idea what you’re getting yourself into before you actually have to take care of a little human. Sleep deprivation has to be one of the nastiest forms of torture. They actually use it as an interrogation tactic on terrorists and enemies of the state. Of course, moms and dads are the test subjects out in the field. But even when you’re so tired you start crying for no reason; you’ll learn to love your baby more and deeper than anything else in this life.
4. The next 18 years will see you crying. A lot
You’ll cry over everything during the first postpartum week. After that, you’ll probably cry whenever your baby reaches a new milestone. And the cycle continues for 18 years. Also, you might forget things. Like your shoes and the car keys. It’s still unknown why they call it pregnancy brain when the problem doesn’t go away after pregnancy.
5. You’ll never be alone again.
Well at least for the first couple of years. Showers, exercise, meals, and trips to the loo won’t be something you’ll get to do solo. But you’ll learn to be perfectly okay with it. Anyway, hygiene is for schmucks. And parents of school-aged kids.