Sorry I’ve been so MIA! The first 12 weeks of Milo’s life were filled with ups and downs, and we’ve finally gotten into the swing of things. He has grown so much in the first 3 months, and it’s been a lot of fun bonding with him at home. But now I’m wrapping up my maternity leave and going back to work this week, which means Milo also starts his adventures in daycare. It’s so bittersweet.
Here are some short tidbits/tips I’ve learned from the first 3 months of parenthood:
- Once you have a baby, you will never sleep again. But it’s true when they say that your body will adjust. As someone who used to LOVE sleep, I’ve learned to deal without it.
- You will learn to do a lot of things one-handed, or sometimes it just won’t get done. And I’m slowly learning to be okay with that.
- Breastfeeding is HARD. But I’m so glad I stuck with it, and now it’s one of my favorite ways to bond with my baby.
- Going out is waaaaay harder, with all the stuff you have to pack, and possibly needing to nurse in public or find a place to change baby’s diaper. Sometimes it’s not even worth leaving the house!
- Acid reflux will make your life (and your baby’s life) miserable. So. Much. Spit Up.
- Explosive poops are a thing. And if you have a baby boy, you WILL get peed on during a diaper change.
- Pumping sucks. Especially when you have to pump constantly in the first few weeks of baby’s life because they’re not gaining enough weight. And now that I’m going back to work and need to provide Milo’s daycare with breastmilk, it’s going to become a necessary part of my daily work routine. Sigh.
- While a baby doesn’t need much, here are a few items that I would highly recommend getting:
- Several lightweight blankets. You can use them to swaddle at home, or cover the car seat when you’re outside, and even lay on the floor if you need somewhere for baby to hang out in public.
- A good odor-absorbing diaper bin. This was something we didn’t think we’d need, but it’s super convenient to keep next to the changing table in the nursery.
- A pack&play or portable bassinet. If you’re not planning to use the crib for the first few months, this is the perfect alternative to keep in your bedroom.
- Burp clothes and bibs – we use so many of these, especially with all of the spit up and drool.
- Portable changing pad. This has been a life saver when we need to change baby in public (public bathrooms seem a million times dirtier once you have a baby).
- Last but not least, every milestone will seem like the biggest accomplishment – every little smile, the first time he rolls over, when he starts babbling and “talking.” Your heart will just explode with joy and love for this tiny human. It makes it all worth it!