10 Life Changes post delivering a Baby that no one talks about

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So you had a baby. Congratulations! While there are a plethora of pregnancy books to choose from, along with the never-asked-for advice flowing in, there are not many places a new mommy can turn to post-delivery. You created, carried, and nurtured an entire human being inside you for 40 weeks, and now it’s time to come face-to-face with each other. It is nerve-wracking and exciting at the same time. The surprising part is, whatever you prepared for is something that you will rarely experience, and everything that you did not prepare for is what you will end up experiencing! Below is a list of all those changes that a mother undergoes after having a baby.

Warning: this list is as real as it gets!

1. Discussing the color of poop is the new dinner table conversation.

Disgusting as it may be, but true. I did it so often and once unknowingly while sitting at a restaurant with another couple of friends (not surprised why they never called us again). Scientifically, your baby’s poop is the best way to answer all your questions regarding feeding, colic, and just the overall well-being of the baby. So go ahead and be obsessed about the color, frequency, consistency, and everything else related!

2. Online shopping is your new best friend.

The first few weeks are very restrictive for a new mother to be out and about; even to run daily chores is a task. Say hello to Online Shopping! I started ordering with baby stuff initially, but soon it extended to any and everything. Plus, it’s a great way to pass your time while breastfeeding!

3. A newfound respect for your parents.

No wonder our parent’s all-time favorite line was, “You will know when you have children.” We never know the love of a parent until we become one. All those times that my child threw tantrums, I realized my parents went through the same and still loved me endlessly.

4. Sleep: the most overrated thing!

Sleep is a thing of the past, and this is something most mothers are prepared for. What you are not told is how magically well the human body can function and survive without sleep. Just a heads up: it doesn’t become better anytime soon!

5. Creativity at its peak

If you are a non-creative, boring kind of person, worry not! Motherhood has a way of extracting that inner singer and storyteller inside you. I once made so many renditions of twinkle twinkle little star that even the stars are wondering what the hell I am!!

6. No matter how much help you have, nobody can replace a mother.

This is something you should learn early on in your new-mom- life. There are some things only a mother can do. A small example, as a rule, my husband and I do not allow any staff to sleep with the babies at night and prefer handling them ourselves. There are many reasons why a baby wakes up in the middle of the night, be it room temperature, gas, thirst, bed wetting, etc., many of which a nanny might not be able to comprehend.

7. Your Photo library looks totally different now.

Earlier your photo gallery boasted about crazy parties and adventurous vacations you took, but now it only has baby photos. They looked adorably cute at that time, but when I scrolled through those photos after a few months, they all looked the same!

8. Be careful of overdoing baby talk.

While you are excited about your baby’s milestones, not everyone is as eager to hear about them. Your friends don’t care about the fact that your baby can now hold a ball. It doesn’t really interest them.

9. Obsession with weight loss

As soon as we deliver, we change overnight from a cute little pregnant lady to a pudgy, fat woman! All we can think about from day 1 is weight loss. I did too. But now, when I look back, I figured it’s not the end of life, and there is so much more we need to focus on. Weight loss happens eventually. Yes, even if you gained 30 kgs!

10. Crying is your answer to everything.

Be prepared for those tear glands being used extensively! Our body had 9 months of extremely high levels of estrogen and progesterone, which plummet immediately after delivery. But no one told me this! No wonder when I had just delivered, my answer to everything was crying. To the extent, my parents got worried that their son in law wasn’t taking care of their daughter properly! (which was far from the case)

How do I stop the Tears?

 

Let us get real – being a mom is not EASY!! It is one of the most demanding, challenging, and difficult jobs, that nothing in the world could have ever prepared you for. We have all had those days which are so demanding, confusing, or messy that we end up crying. It is ok – it is fine, we have all been there. Go ahead and let the tears roll down. BUT, BUT, BUT, let us not forget that there may be situations where we may not be comfortable showing our tears, and we need to look like we are in control of things (or rather look sane). What do you do?? Simple, chew a piece of gum, or if you don’t have one, pretend to chew one. Trust me, it does work and I speak from personal experience.

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