5 Things I Didn't Expect About Having A Newborn

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When you're pregnant for the first time you do a lot of research about what life will be like with a baby. Especially if like me you had no clue how to keep a tiny human alive, let alone bathe them and change nappies. No matter how much you read or how much advice you get given I don't think that you will ever be totally prepared for having a baby. Here are the things I didn't expect about having a newborn:

1. How tough those first couple of weeks are. I figured that with two of us versus one tiny human, looking after a newborn couldn't be as hard as people make out. I didn't consider the realities of looking after a baby when combined with sleep deprivation, recovery from giving birth, heightened emotions and honestly, not really knowing what you're were doing. It does get easier though as time goes on, and although it's hard those first few weeks are also pretty magical too!

2. How much babies sleep. As I've mentioned above, the first few weeks are hard work but yet your baby will spend most of the day asleep. I still don't quite understand the mathematics of that as it doesn't make sense! Zach spent most of his time asleep as a newborn, and there's truly nothing more special than holding your tiny sleeping baby!

3. How many nappies you get through! We must have gone through hundreds of nappies, because it felt like I was always changing Zach's bum. I didn't realise we'd need to change him so often, and then he'd always poo just as I got a clean one on! One time he even managed to do a poo within 30 seconds of us having put him in a clean nappy - we called this his espionage poo!

4. How fast you learn. Before having Zach neither Jono nor I had never looked after a baby. We hadn't changed a single nappy, never sterilised a bottle or swaddled a baby to sleep. But straight away we just knew what to do, and everything felt so natural. Of course, we didn't always get it right first time, but you automatically know more about your baby than anyone else. We've kept him alive for almost 6 months now, so we must be doing something right!

5. Just how much I'd love him. Of course I expected to love my baby, and I thought I was ready for it. But the love you have for your baby is like nothing else. It is magical, deep and everlasting. It is a bond that I truly believe cannot be broken, and until you have a baby I don't think you can experience anything quite like it.

What did you not expect?
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12 comments

  1. Lovely post! I agree with you an all. You can have no experience with children but you know instantly what to do with your own (to some extent). Nothing quite prepares you for the reality of children, but they are the best and as they grow you realise more how amazing they are :) #thelist

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    1. Every day I think Zach is more and more amazing, you're so right!! It's crazy how quickly you become an expert in your own children isn't it?! xx

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  2. Great post. Completely agree with all of these. Oliver was born 6 weeks early so was just constantly asleep for the first few weeks, it was a shock when he actually started to have awake time!
    Becky x

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    1. It's so crazy how much they sleep isn't it?! I wish I was able to sleep so much!! xx

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  3. So lovely πŸ˜πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ’• xoxox

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  4. Those tough first few weeks blew me away, I was so unprepared! I agree with all of these points. I found your blog on #thelist. Love it! x

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    1. You just don't have any idea what to expect until it happens do you?! xx

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  5. Awwww!!!! Sooooo sweet!!!! I always forget all these things!! We just had baby # 3 & I keep thinking, "Oh..... right...... I remember this..." :) #thelist

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    1. Oh that so true how you forget things! Time goes so fast and everything is always changing it's hard to keep up! xx

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  6. Great post. Agree with all of these things!! xxx

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    1. Thank you so much! I think they must be universal for all first time parents! :) xx

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