Congrats! You're a new parent. Maybe this is your third child or your first. Following the birth of your child, you will spend one to three days in the hospital, depending on the circumstances surrounding your birth. While you are in the hospital the nurses will literally drive you crazy and constantly tell you what to do, as annoying as it is, it is their job. They will ask you what time you fed your baby, how long, and tell you its probably time to do it again. They will ask about the diapers and expect you to remember everything about them. They will tell you not to sleep with your baby or hold your baby too much. You won't be allowed to carry the car seat to the car, but your husband can. Then they shut your door and you are on your way home. It is all up to you now!
I grew up with lots of cousins, a younger sibling, and all of my close friends and cousins had babies before I did. My friends would ask me advice about their children even though I had never had a baby. From a young age, I was drawn to women and children. I loved listening to my great grandmother and aunts and family friends talk about their experiences as parents. When I met my mother in law, it only took about a month for me to know my husband and his twin brother's entire birth story-- conception to teenage years. I pretty much thought I would have this whole parenting thing in the bag-- and for the most part I have-- but I did learn a lot in the first 7 months of my son's life. He is quite possibly the best teacher I have ever had!
I was sitting up tonight texting a couple of my friends from across the country. One of my friend's in Michigan, the other in California. Each of us have children and I was thinking about how everyone has said time has flown so quickly since Ezra's birth. I stop to think each time someone says this and haven't been able to agree with them, but I also spend 24 hours a day 7 days a week with my son (with a few exceptions). I also got to thinking about how much I have changed, grown, and learned in the last 7 months and the 9 before that!
I decided to share some things I've learned & hope these things will help you!
Those are a few things I learned or took to heart..
Here are somethings I would do differently next time:
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!