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Want to shake things up in your life? Bored with your flexible lifestyle and freedom to do whatever you want when you want, to sleep in on the weekends, to meet up with friends at a moment's notice?
Then you should have a baby!
Wow. I have yet to have an experience that flipped and scrambled my life the way becoming a mom did. 9 months of pregnancy does not prepare you for the life altering experience that becoming a mom really is. And before the new, completely helpless human being that will depend on you for life actually enters this world, everyone makes motherhood and parenting look like this wonderful experience.
You have no idea. It is every extreme possible. Exhausted high and low after high and low. It is really hard. But it is really wonderful. Your world will never be the same, but you figure out a new normal. And in that normal you will find love and happiness like you've never experienced before.
The first couple months are hard, I'm not going to lie. It's funny, because I would say its the hardest but most enjoyable thing I've ever done. Any time something was feeling SO frustrating, I would remember my mom telling me "It feels hard and never-ending in the moment, but you look back on this in a few months and it will seem so short." And I can say from where I am now that she was right. ( And I think it biologically needs to be that way, or no one would have more than one kid!)
But my son also made it easy on us, in the scheme of things. When I was early in my pregnancy I read a report on a study that indicated women who ate a little chocolate every day during their pregnancy had happier babies. So I ate a little chocolate everyday (such a sacrifice, I know) and I can confirm that I have had a very happy baby from the start.
But despite the fact that women have been having babies for thousands of years, it doesn't mean it comes naturally. And every baby and mother is different. We mothers put a lot of pressure on ourselves that we shouldn't, and often feel ashamed that we need help. DO NOT FEEL ASHAMED FOR NEEDING HELP. Help is so easy to come by, take advantage. There are great brands out there that make products that fill needs and allow us to enjoy motherhood. If you are having trouble breastfeeding, ask for help. There is no shame in that. If breastfeeding doesn't work for you, there are quality formulas available that give you peace of mind that your are caring properly for your new baby. If you've run out of ideas for getting your baby on a sleep schedule, there is help for that.
Motherhood is a journey, one that should be enjoyed to the fullest. You deserve to enjoy it.