Babies, Motherhood, Parenting

This is the reality of having a newborn!

Stacey by Stacey
September 18th, 2017

This post is brought to you by Little One’s but is 100% my own experience and opinion.

I am now a mum of three boys. I just had my third C-section and thankfully everything went to plan. There is nothing else in the world that can compare to the moment when you first meet your baby. I had both tears of exhaustion and those of pure joy. It’s a feeling like no other.

The experience is still beautifully and uncomfortably raw. Knowing I will never have another child is bitter sweet. I am soaking up all the newborn bliss but I’m also relishing the fact that I will never have to be pregnant or have a C-section again. I’m not a great pregnant person, and combining that with having a C-section just makes it all a bit too unpleasant for my liking.

As I find myself right in the thick of newborn baby land, and even though I have been here before, I find myself forgetting how FULL ON it was. As soon as I got home from the hospital I a nasty reality check of how chaotic life was about to become with three young boys. It’s equal parts heavenly and ‘oh my god, what have I done?’

So for those of you that have been here before, you will nod along to every word I am about to say…and for those of you that have this time ahead of you, keep this on file.

Here’s my no-nonsense reality of the first 3 months and some tips that may help you along the way…

Stacey's son Mack at 3 months old

Stacey’s son Mack at 3 months old

1. You will curse yourself on several occasions for buying those ‘unisex’ white singlets and onesies. After one spew, they’re yellow and you look like a negligent mother who has lost the plot. Buy grey…or something other than white.

2. If you’re breastfeeding you will immediately know how hardcore it is. It HURTS and is a challenge you will remember for the rest of your life. Load up on cabbage leaves (they actually work) and those special boob ice bags.

3. At the 8-week mark your body and mind will begin to realise the sleep deprivation isn’t temporary and it can make you feel quite flat. I really wish someone had told me this before I had my kids. With all 3 boys I had a real ‘lull’ at 8 weeks and it isn’t just in the mind – you physically start to really struggle with the sleep deprivation. Don’t worry; it subsides (hopefully around the time your baby has decided to sleep longer than 20 minute catnaps.)

4. You will change more nappies in the first 12 weeks than you might for the remainder of your baby’s entire life. We choose the gorgeous ‘Little One’s’ nappies that are exclusive to Woolworths. They are so cute and they have great leakage protection and absorbency, which stops the explosions from reaching those WHITE undergarments. They are affordable too (I’m talking $11 for the bulk pack) so you don’t curse your kid every time they soil one!

5. Make sure you unclench your bubs fists in the bath and give their little hands a big clean – the smell that can come out of their hands is like a wet dog that hasn’t been washed in years.

6. There will never be a time in your life that you will love your partner more (don’t worry it wears off once you leave the baby bubble). You will hopefully find yourself falling into roles that best work for your family. At the moment that means my husband runs our older two boys like little puppies at the park so I can have some one on one time with the new addition.

7. As silly as this sounds, giving your new bub just two minutes of tummy time a day seems totally impossible. Between feeds, burps, spews and poos – the day just goes and the ONE job you actually have to do for your baby just slips through the cracks. My suggestion is to lock in a time each day that you always do it (once is enough yeah?) – I give my kids tummy time right before their nightly bath…that way I never forget.

8. If you have other kids, the level of noise will NEVER sound louder to you. It’s piercing and will take all your sanity to stay calm and just let them ‘be kids.’ If you need to, just walk away and take a minute, take A LOT of deep breaths, clench your teeth and go back into the lion’s den. And repeat as often as necessary (and we will never judge if you do it every 10 seconds).

Once you hit the three-month mark, take a little moment to celebrate the milestone – you are about to leave newborn baby land and you did a bloody ace job!

Mack hanging out in his Little Ones nappies.

Mack hanging out in his Little Ones nappies.

Oh and pssssst…Canster just announced that Little One’s wipes had won ‘most satisfied customer for 2017’ for the baby wipes category.  To win this award the wipes were measured on the below key drivers for satisfaction:

Moisture & Effectiveness, Strength and Thickness, Value for Money, Ease of Opening and Dispensing, and Scent.