We’ve heard all the classic things about newborns and life after giving birth: they poop a lot, they have their nights and days mixed up, your hormones are crazy, etc.
But these are some things I was not expecting as a new mom.
1. Babies sneeze and hiccup a lot.
I think Cullen has the hiccups at least twice a day. He doesn’t seem bothered by them, but the only way to get rid of them is to feed him. He also sneezes probably 20 times every day. Once again he doesn’t seem to get worked up about it, thankfully.
2. Babies fart a lot–and it is not that quiet.
Without fail as soon as I put a new diaper on Cullen, he farts and poops in his diaper. I don’t know what it is, but I can count on it happening within 5 minutes–usually less. Craig says his poop smells like movie-theater popcorn.
3. Getting out is essential to my well-being.
I’ve found that I need to get out of the house on a regular basis. This means at least every other day. Especially as the weather gets colder and the daylight hours diminish (We are already down to 7.5 hours of daylight with the sun rising at 9:00 a.m. and setting at 4:30 p.m.), I feel cabin fever setting in. The days where we have run errands, or I have gone for a walk cause me to feel much happier.
4. Breastfeeding calorie needs are no joke.
I knew breastfeeding required extra calories, approximately 500 they say, but it feels like I need to eat so much more than that. A 5 mile run, which equates to approximately 500 calories, is an easy day for me, and one that didn’t seem to affect my caloric needs all that much. So why is it that when breastfeeding, I never feel full and eat 5 – 6 small meals constantly throughout the day? I swear the ‘I-feel-full’ signal has been shut off in my brain.
5. More often than not, my baby is normal.
I think I’ve consulted Dr. Google nearly every day with a concern about my newborn. And without fail, it has always turned out to be normal:
– A white tongue and white spots inside his mouth. (Leftover milk residue.)
– Baby acne. (Normal and there’s nothing you can really do.)
– How long does it take for the umbilical cord to fall off? (It has been 3 weeks, and it is still attached, which is normal. Often times it can take up to a month.)
– Excessive moaning and groaning while my baby sleeps. (Nothing to worry about.)
6. As a mom and parent, you will do things you said you’d NEVER do.
I never thought I’d have a C-section, sing silly songs as much as I have, ride in the backseat with my child, or learn to do so many things with one hand (like type half of this blog post).
7. Burping, farting, pooping, and peeing is encouraged and applauded.
I never thought I’d be verbally praising my child when he loudly burps or passes gas. (My husband would ask me why then I give him the stink eye when he does these same things.)
8. The occasional contraction.
I thought my contractions were over once I delivered, but that is not the case. Your uterus is still shrinking, so occasionally I’ve felt a contraction during the day. It is always short-lived and mild but reminds me of how painful they once were.
9. Rash on stomach.
A few days after we got home from the hospital, I developed a red, splotchy rash on my stomach. Another Dr. Google search result: totally normal.
10. Night sweats.
Those crazy hormones will also cause you to become drenched in sweat in the middle of the night. Plan on at least one outfit change during the night.
Alright, now for something non-baby related.
I am in need of some hair advice. I have a hair appointment tomorrow to get highlights and a cut. I am toying with a few different ideas.
First of all, I have to decide if I want to go with more low-lights (like this picture below) for more of a fall/winter color or bright blonde like I usually do (see the second picture).
I am also trying to figure out how much I want to cut off. Do I just get a trim or do I go shorter? Craig likes the haircuts in the two pictures below.
He also likes this one, but this is definitely too short for me right now.
I like a lot of these haircuts, but I have to admit that prior to becoming a mom, I vowed I would not be that mom who chopped her hair as soon as her baby arrived, so that’s a big reason I don’t want to cut my hair short. I could see going shorter but nothing like the last picture. Thoughts??