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{Baby’s First 6 Months: They Never Tell You}

Baby's First Six Months: What They Never Tell You | TheMcBaileys.com

They never tell you…babies actually don’t like sleeping. They do when they are first born, but it quickly fades. However, right around week 9 your baby turns a corner, they start snoozing for 5+ hours. It might not seem long to someone who doesn’t have children, but to a new parent, that’s a lifetime.

They never tell you… all babies progress differently. Yours may not sleep as much as your friends, yours may be a little taller, a little shorter, have a belly, be skin and bones. She/he may like being on their tummy, may not sit up on their own yet, and may be starting to crawl already, or not. So don’t let any of those other parents make you feel like something is wrong, your baby is just fine. Tell them to shove it.

They never tell you… at month 6, your stomach will still look like a kangaroo pouch. Most of your clothes still aren’t going to fit like they did prior that little bundle of joy joining your life. The skin on your face will probably go bizerk, your hair may fall out, and your hormones aren’t going to be fully in tact. It’s okay. No one expects you to be skinny. No one thinks anything of your extra blemish here and there, and NO ONE expects you to fit into ALL of your clothes yet. I know you do, but don’t. It ain’t realistic sister. I’m just impressed you are wearing makeup!

They never tell you… how nasty your baby’s poop will start to get. Solid food is the devil. The devil in the form of feces. There is no silver lining to your baby’s poop, it’s only going to smell worse as you go. I’m sorry. I really am. But thank the heavens above potty training is on the horizon {I say heavily laced with sarcasm}.

They never tell you… that the U.S. has the worst maternity leave, in relation to developed countries, in the world. Yes, WORLD. Most new mother’s receive 12 weeks of leave, a lot of that unpaid. 12 weeks won’t be long enough, even though you think it will be plenty. The first day at work your mind will focus on nothing other than the fact that your baby is currently with a stranger. You’ll rush out the door of that office building, speed home/to daycare, bound through the doors, and swoop up to hold your child tighter than you did when you left in the morning. Hold on to that moment. Remember that feeling. Savor it. That is life handing you a golden ticket. You’ve just discovered what is most important for the very short amount of time we inhabit this earth. Don’t ever forget that moment. Ever.

They never tell you… how drastically your relationship will change. It may change for the better, it may change for the worse. I wish I could tell you which way it will sway. Regardless, being a parent is one of the most difficult journeys that couples endure. Being new parents is even harder. You’ll discover things about your partner you never thought possible, both good and bad. You’ll discover things about yourself you never thought possible, both good and bad. But at the end of each day, while lying in bed, both mentally and physically drained to your core, you will smile. Because the two of you created that beautiful little creature, who makes the world a better place just by breathing Earth’s air.

They never tell you… six months is too short. It’s not long enough to savor every first. You are just trying to survive and you forget to store those moments. Six months is just a small blip. There are so many more months in front of us, but you’ll never have those six again. You waited almost a full year to meet your child and now, six months has already flown by. How did that happen? So everyone in a while, stop. Just stop, take it all in. NO matter how messy, how loud, how stinky, how exhausting, how infuriating, how disappointing, how wonderful, how happy…just stop. Smile. And bookmark that in your brain. Because those six months will feel like a week and you’ll wonder how it all went by so fast.

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