When my little girl was born I found those early weeks very challenging and felt totally out of my comfort zone. All of my friend’s babies were older and I remember when I’d ask questions they would reply with things like “oh, I can’t remember” and “it feels like so long ago and I’ve forgotten”. I was longing to meet other mums with babies the same age so when bub was a few months old I joined a mothers group. I remember feeling immediately at ease with the 10 or so fellow new mums who were all on the same journey as me. Sleepless nights, sore boobs and nappy explosions!
We still meet as a group most Fridays and I can honestly say that this group of ladies played a big part in getting me through that first 12 months with my sanity (well, most of it anyway). I reached out to them a few weeks ago and asked them to share the things they didn’t know until they became a mum. We had a good chuckle as we read each other’s answers. And here they are…
15 Things You Didn’t Know Until You Became A Mum
- You will never again finish a meal while it’s still hot but you will try, greatly increasing your eating speed and decreasing your decorum
- That cutting a baby’s finger nails is one of the hardest things you will ever do. It’s a real struggle
- A trip alone to the supermarket is such a treat, it will make you giddy
- There’s a reason toddlers have snot running down their faces all the time. To a small child, a tissue wipe is like torture
- Tissue wipe is a no go but anything else is fair game – toddlers will happily wipe their noses on iPhones, pants – you name it, it’s covered in toddler snot. One toddler (who will remain unnamed) even wipes her nose on the ground at the park
- Only buy foods you can eat with one hand. You will never use a knife and fork together again
- I didn’t know how emotional I was going to be in those first weeks. I remember crying because I couldn’t find the thermometer at bath time
- You will never be alone. EVER! They always manage to find you
- You don’t need any of that stuff they try to sell you. Play pens, heated wipes, bottles shaped like boobies… forget it all
- Just because you are breastfeeding doesn’t mean you can eat anything you want, anytime you want. It catches up with you eventually
- You didn’t know how much you could actually love someone until you have a baby
- Put a lock on your bathroom door or you will never pee alone again
- You will need wine to survive life with kids (amen to that)!
What was the one thing you didn’t know until you became a mum?
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