With just fifteen weeks to go until the arrival of baby number two, I have been thinking a lot about the arrival of number one just lately.
I was recently asked what were the things I wish I had known whilst pregnant that first time.
I could dwell on the fact that W’s birth was long, complicated, traumatic and still ultimately the best thing I have ever managed but is that going to help anyone? Nope. So…the stuff you really need to know and I wish that I had…
- …that when my first contractions started but I still felt ok enough to take the time to apply my make-up AND straighten my hair before leaving the house it was probably too soon to go to hospital.
- …that when I arrived for the fifth and final time at the labour ward make-up free, frizzy-haired, red-faced and sobbing wearing an old pair of surgery scrubs and UGG boots it was the right time to go to hospital…and I really wouldn’t give a hoot how I looked.
- …that A LOT of hospital-people were going to get to see my bits…and I was actually quite grateful for the bikini wax I had the week before.
- …that I really can survive on very little sleep.
- …that I was about to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking, and talking, about poo.
- …that it is apparently quite normal for a baby to go for days without poo-ing. This one would have been VERY good to know and would perhaps have spared me from a few grey hairs along with the next one. Really folks, if you take no other piece advice from me please heed the following…
- …that it is NEVER, I repeat NEVER, a good idea to randomly google your baby’s symptoms at 3am. The chances are they do not have Kawasaki disease.
- …that Calpol was about to become my new best friend.
- …that I would not get to finish a still-hot cup of tea for months.
- …that it is amazing how adept you can become at sourcing meals that can be eaten with one hand only.
- …that milk stains do eventually come out of most clothes.
- …that when they said you should start doing your pelvic floor exercises they were actually right.
- …that the e-mails from all those clubs you joined when pregnant stating that ‘this week your child will…’ were actually wrong.
- …that I really needn’t have bought ANY baby clothes. I was about to be given a houseful.
- …that a 7am wake-up was forever more to be deemed a ‘lie-in’.
- …that spontaneously leaving the house would actually now require at least ninety minutes of preparation, or one weeks notice.
- …that despite all of the above I wouldn’t change a thing and, finally…
- …that there is NOTHING more peaceful than watching your baby sleep.
How about you? What do you wish you had known prior to mother/fatherhood?