So you have this brand new baby and you're sitting there like, OK, now what? It's a challenge. It's all brand new territory. And, naturally, there are going to be a lot of things that you fear as you navigate through parenthood. These are just a few things that new moms fear—but shouldn't.
1. Dropping Your Baby. It's kind of inevitable—your baby will get hurt at some time (actually, many times) in his life. And sometimes, it will be entirely your fault. Maybe you looked away for a split second and your squirmy little one squirmed right onto the floor. It happens to the best of us. Know that you aren't alone and pick up your baby and cry together.
2. Sickness. That first little baby cold is so hard! You don't want to ever see your baby helpless or sick, and yet there they are with their sniffly nose and tiny little cough and you just want to cry because you can't do anything to make it go away. It's hard but just remember: It's making them stronger! Their little immune system grows with each new cold! But it still sucks.
3. Dirt. Babies have this uncanny ability to find the dirtiest, grossest thing and then put said object directly into their mouths. It's just the law of nature. This means a lot of dirt and grime will be digested, inevitably. You can try to sanitize every little thing, but chances are you will still come across a lot of dirt. Just remember to always bring hand sanitizer and to maybe remember that dirt never killed anybody! Yes, that might help.
Things will happen, but you will adapt and go with the punches and you may be pretty frazzled from it all, but it will get easier.
4. Judgment. I wish we lived in a world where we all could exist harmoniously without judgment and mom-bashing, but that just isn't the case. Some moms will give you the stink-eye for bottle feeding your baby. Some moms will talk about how their perfect cherub slept through the night at one month and that yours should too. Some moms are just plain mean and will make you feel like trash. Shine on and trust your gut. You know what's best for your baby, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.
5. Falls. Babies are unsteady and like to get into everything. This means that they fall a lot, and sometimes they hit their head. Especially when just learning to stand and walk, this is going to happen, a LOT. The tears in the moment and that pouty bottom lip is enough to send you into a panic and feel like the worst mom ever for letting this happen. Don't sweat it. Pick him up, give him kisses and in about a minute he'll forget all about it. I promise.
6. Public Meltdowns/ Blowouts. Don't let this fear stop you from getting out of your house and living your life. Things will happen, but you will adapt and go with the punches and you may be pretty frazzled from it all, but it will get easier. And in the long run, you will not regret leaving the safety of your home to go live life. Just be sure to be prepared for whatever may happen.
7. Waking Them Up. You know what they say: Never wake a sleeping baby. But sometimes you have to do just that. And for those moments, I say, GODSPEED. Because it is not easy, nor is it fun, but you do get to stare at that sweet little face right before you wake her, and then you get to watch that sweet little face slowly wake up and turn to a confused little face, and then a (more than likely) crying little face. It's all part of the process. Again, godspeed.