So there I was, 14 weeks after I gave birth, tired but sleepless. Reason for the disturbed sleep? Well, I have a son whom I still needed to breastfeed. I usually went back to sleep but he was quite distracted in this session so I became more and more awake trying to get him to focus on the boob. It’s actually quite funny to me that when I couldn’t sleep while preggers, I’d go into the nursery for some peace and quiet and troll Pinterest for even more baby articles and décor ideas. And now, I’m writing this post in the nursery while he and his dad sleep peacefully in our room. Sigh.
This leads me to finally vent about the worst piece of advice I’ve gotten about being a new mom: sleep when the baby sleeps. ARGHHHHH. It’s advice given by one of two people: one who has never had children and repeats it because it’s the thing to say or one who has had babies, but had them so long ago they’ve forgotten allll of the other things that still need to be done in a day that requires you to be awake for. ‘Like what?’ I hear you ask. Let’s just start with the bare necessity of ummm, eating. To eat, you need to cook. To cook, you need dishes. And before you know it, your baby is awake from his nap and you – still sleepless.
Then there’s laundry. They’re the tiniest humans but the amount of laundry you’re going to be doing is beyond comprehension. Just because you aren’t managing to wear fresh clothes everyday (hello spit ups, pee splashes and doodoo accidents), doesn’t mean you can or should let your baby stay in the same manky clothes. If you’re lucky, you’ll only need to change him like once a day. HA!
If you’re fortunate like me, and have a self-employed husband with relatively flexible hours, you could have a quickie shower whilst he ‘babysits’. Unfortunately, the majority of moms don’t have such luxury. And you can’t exactly shower with an attached newborn on your hip now can you? And there you have it, the reason why so many moms go a day (or two) without showering. This isn’t a Disney movie where the neighbourhood birds and squirrels sneak into your house to cheerily help you with your housework. So you have to decide; sleep (when the baby sleeps)…or…get your house, and yourself, into some kind of order, when the baby sleeps.
This is when that pondering emoji would come in very handy.
What’s the worst advice you’ve received about new mommyhood?