The moment your baby enters this world is when your life changes completely. It’s like you’ve been given a new job and you are expected to know exactly what to do without any training. All the books in the world can’t prepare you for this moment. You finally get to meet the little one that you’ve been picturing in your head and feeling in your womb. You will stare at him or her in disbelief and feel every emotion possible.
The hardest part of all this is (for mothers) that you never really get time to recover from the delivery. Whether you’ve had a natural birth or c-section, you aren’t given any time to sleep like you normally would with any major surgery. Your body goes through an extraordinary amount of pain and stress during birth and you will be beyond exhausted and in pain. I don’t know if it’s the hormones or human instinct but you will be able to somehow truck on and care for your baby despite all of this.
Once our baby girl arrived and my uncontrollable shaking from the epidural stopped, my husband and I felt a sense of calm and of course, an insurmountable amount of love. We literally stared at our baby, every little part of her. We took hundreds of pictures and talked about who she looked like and how tiny she was.
Once we were in our hospital room, nurses were coming in very frequently to check on me and the baby. Our parents were in the room with us too and the joy on their faces was amazing! Rest whenever you can at this point. Bring headphones with you too- hospitals can be very loud so having some music in your ears might help you get a nap in here and there. If someone offers to hold your baby for an hour, take it! If there’s a lull in visitors and your baby is sleeping, sleep! The first few weeks at home will be very exhausting so take all the help you can get.
Don’t be afraid to ask nurses for help when you need. That’s what they are there for. Ask all the questions you have and trust that your baby will be just fine. Finally, take advice from your family members. They know a lot from experience. Every day will be an adventure from here on out. Embrace it and know that it gets easier!