12 Dec 2009 No Comments
When I found out I was preggo, I was determined to do everything right. I devoured every baby books and magazines, monitored every morsel I put into my mouth, and religiously rubbed my belly with cocoa butter. Now that I have a newborn, I’m delighted to share my hard-won wisdom with you.
If you’re breastfeeding, lanolin is your bestfriend. I really wished someone would have told me to start using it during the last trimester! We had trouble breastfeeding due to [incorrect] latching & mastitis but once we got past that, the Smally Fry is doing great.
Whether you get stretch marks or not is dictated by your genes. No amount of cocoa butter can prevent stretchmarks – sad but true. I massaged cocoa butter onto my stomach, thighs, hips & breasts morning & night all through my pregnancy. I didn’t get a single stretchmark until around 35 weeks and by 38 weeks, it all showed up – dark, ugly lines! Ugh!
Newborn feed ALOT. Be prepared to sit for hours nursing and he wants to eat every half an hour, is this normal?! My Small Fry is constantly attached to the boobs!
You can survive on three broken hours of sleep a night. He doesn’t sleep without being held aside from short cat naps in his swing during the day.
A five-minute shower would be my “ME” time. I seriously always look forward to this “me” time at night and I still get interrupted once in a while.
You will spend hours just staring at your baby, completely in awe. Your emotions will be all over the place & just the sight of the baby’s wrinkly hands will have you in tears. I never know just how much love I could possibly have for another person from the moment I laid eyes on him.