Before having kids what do you wish you had known before?
It got me thinking what would I tell myself before I had kids? Could I have prepared myself more?
I asked you lovely lot what you wish you had known and I wanted to go through a few of you answers
LIVING IN YOU PJS
Did anyone actually talk to you about bleeding nipples and getting mastitis? Or the fact that your baby might find it difficult to latch? I put so much pressure on myself to feed both my children and let me tell you it was not an easy road. I had many night I sat up and cried trying to get Laurie to latch, I told numerous ‘specialists’ that I had successfully fed my daughter before and knew he wasn’t feeding properly. I pushed and pushed and finally he was diagnosed and had treatment for tongue tie.
I am super passionate about breastfeeding but also realise how tough it is and completely understand some mum make the decision to bottle feed. Its tough and I think new mums should have more support in the early days with feeding.
Can I die from no sleep?
Something I think all new mums have googled, right? I know I certainly did! no one can ever ever prepare you for how tired you will be! Not even your teenage rave days are the same. I honestly think parenting/motherhood would be 100% easier if we had more sleep. Especially in subsequent children because you really can’t ‘sleep when they are sleeping’
Just get used to the Zombie look and feel!
Now this is something a few of my instagram followers spoke about, and to be honest I think again its so hard to prepare someone. I for one pre mum never wanted to give my children a dummy, I said id never cuddle them to sleep, id be really strict.
Did I follow it all up? did I heck! they both had dummies although they were gone both before 11month ( as they drove me mad!!) But lets face it a lot goes out the window.
Thankfully I do now run a tight ship at bed time!
Omg if its one thing I wish I had done before having kids it would be to learn CPR. When Laurie had just turned one, he choked. It was horrendous, and not just coughing and spluttering but proper choking and turning blue. Thankfully Carl was with me and we got it out of his throat. The next thing we both did was booked onto a Childs first aid course, I honestly think they should be compulsory.
You take forever to leave the house
If you were the late friend before, you best get everyone to tell you an hour before your meeting! Getting ready and out the house with a child takes forever and little Jimmy might do a poonami just as your about to walk out the door!
Lastly … how amazing be a mum is …
This came also came up when I asked Instagram and It feeling me with happiness. No one can ever prepare you for how much you will love your new tiny bundle. no matter how hard it is.
Id love to hear what you wish you knew … let me know in the comments!
Also id love you to head over to @mumandyou instagram who are holding and amazing comp tag me @its_a_westy_thing your entry.