Ah, new motherhood. Those sleep-deprived, worry-filled,
never-ending days full of diapers, milk everywhere and endless crying (on both Baby and mom's part.) Those days are both so precious to us and also so very
difficult. For those who haven't experienced them, I've come up with a few
things you should know before coming to a new mom's house.
Because nobody likes
to be surprised.
1. Watch your step. The
house will be a mess. Please don't judge. Ignore the heaps of laundry and the baby products piled all over the place. We know our house has become a land
mine full of baby things and nipple cream and various bags of food. Focus on
the cute baby, and hey, if you want to pick up a few things, I'm certainly not
going to stop you.
2. It might smell.
Again, no judging, please. Yes, babies smell like heaven and all things lovely.
But they also poop. And spit up. And those scents like to linger in the air.
3.Knock softly. NEVER ring the doorbell. A baby could quite possibly be sleeping. Just in general, if you don't see a baby, be quiet. Sleep is a precious commodity around these parts, and something that we value a lot these days.
This little being is my whole world now and I don't know anything else at the moment.
4.I may not have showered in a few days. My hair will be a rat's nest on top of my head. The bags under my eyes will be the most prominent feature of my face. Tell me I look great and leave it at that.
5.I've never been this tired in my life. Spending all of my time and energy trying to keep this new little person alive has really taken a toll on me. But I promise I am very happy to see you, even if I'm not the most enthusiastic.
6. I haven't gotten
much adult interaction lately. So if all I do is talk about diapers and
rattles and sleep methods, feel free to help steer the conversation elsewhere.
Because, belive it or not, I will enjoy talking about something—anything—else.
7. I may not be very
up-to-date on current events. I'm too busy with my baby to pay attention to
the latest fashion trends or the hot new movie that's out in theaters. I'm too
tired to read the newspaper every day, so I may not know what's happening in
our world either. Please fill me in, and suppress any giggles you may feel
forcing their way out.
8. Coffee is a mom's
best friend. So please, feel free to pick up a vanilla latte on your way
9. Baby's needs come before everything else. So if I have to interrupt the conversation to feed/change/shush/rock Baby, don't think I'm ignoring you or being rude. This little being is my whole world now and I don't know anything else at the moment.
10. Yes, I am listening. My eyes may be on my baby at all times, but I swear I'm listening to what you're saying. I've just gotten really good at multi-tasking. Like, scary good.