2. Moms planning to breastfeed their babies should invest in some comfy, quality nursing bras/camis/tanks/tops before giving birth. I know sizing is a little tricky at that time, but postpartum clothes shopping is trickier. Not only can it be difficult to actually get to the store, but also, who wants to try on clothes at that time in their life? It's not fun or enjoyable. Period. There is the option of online shopping, which is totally doable, but you've gotta have something to wear in the 2 days before Amazon Prime can get your purchase(s) to your door. ☺
3. It's ok to give your baby more than the Dr.-suggested amount when supplementing while breastfeeding. Whether it's formula or pumped milk, it doesn't matter - if he's hungry, he's hungry. You may cry the first couple of times. It may hurt your feelings/pride/sense of self-worth. In the end, however, just know that you're giving your baby what he needs. I knew this before becoming a mom, but implementing it for myself was harder than I thought. There's a lot more to be said about it, but it's easier to discuss in person. I'm sharing a bit here, though, because I think the breastfeeding/formula/feeding struggle is real for so many, and I want to provide a little solidarity for those who have been/are/will be in the same situation. Also - I'm obviously not a doctor, so please consult your own when figuring out what is best for your own little one.
4. Commemorative plaster/clay newborn foot/handprint molds are mostly not worth doing. Unless you want to lose your sanity/test your marriage/cry all the frustrated tears, I'd recommend skipping it. I mean, you could wait to do them till your sweet babe is a little older/bigger and you are not quite so much under the influence of postpartum hormones, limited sleep, and so many other things that aren't going quite as you'd hoped...but then you wouldn't get the oh-so-tiny little prints to remember forever and ever. Your call.
6. Baby smiles can pretty much fix anything.
There are probably several more things I could add to this list, but will leave it at that, for now. Would love to hear/read any additions you have to the list!
P.S. Thanks so much to those of you who checked in after my last post. I didn't mean for it to be quite the pity party it may have come across as - simply a glimpse into the reality of new-motherhood - but I sure appreciate all the positive feedback and support! ☺
|This birthday card from a former place of employment...where part of my job was caring for 2 sweet kitties.|
They signed the card! ♥