My completely unsolicited newborn advice: Snuggle them. Swaddle them. Shush them. Smell them. Let grandma watch them so you can nap. My advice beyond this is questionable. But I will share it anyway.... 1. Write down your birth story. You will think that you could never forget the emotion, and let's face it, the pain from that day, but you will. These memories will fade. Luckily for you, you have photos from when your baby girl was only 12 hours old. And probably 10 million iPhone photos. You can look back and see that she had beautiful eyelashes even on the day she was born. 2. Print these photos. They are all over the internet right now and on your iPhone6 but in 10 years when we we are on iPhone16 they may not be there anymore. Put them in a book. Put them in your baby box or album or wherever you are throwing the baby's umbilical cord stump and first hospital hat and that tiny white shirt that the hospital puts on them that she will never wear again. The one you see in these photos. 3. Trust yourself. You will have lots of questions about baby. Like, is the color of baby's poop normal? She hasn't eaten in 6 hours, should I wake her up? The interwebs will give you every type of answer you could imagine. Just trust yourself... or ask a doctor. FYI, baby poop comes in a rainbow of colors... and never wake a sleeping baby. See, there is some of my questionable advice written on the interwebs, so it must be true.
4. This is a ridiculously emotional time. I remember bringing home my first baby and thinking "how in the world are they letting me take this tiny human home with me when I have no idea what to do with it." You will have lots of feelings. Good and bad. Not just about baby but you will reflect on your life, your family, your husband and how you got to be a mom. It is a roller coaster. Give yourself a few months to even out again. You can feel 10,000 emotions in a day. Most aren't real. So eat some chocolate, take a nap and see how you feel.
5. These first few weeks will feel so long. Up all night, tired all day... but when she turns a month old I assure you, you will say, "how has it been a month"... "how has it been 6 months?" I am at the point where I think, how has it been 6 years!? Enjoy it. Maternity leave is made for snuggling baby and taking naps. Its ok to say no to visitors. Its ok to do nothing and not get out of your PJs all day. 6. There is no right way. If you want to use cloth diapers, do it. If you want to breastfeed, do it. You want to use bottles, do it. You want to use cry it out, do it. If you cry more than your baby during cry it out, don't do it. People will judge no matter what you do. Figure out how you can make it through the day and make it through the day with the least amount to tears, by you and baby. 7. This is the most life changing thing that will ever happen. Good and bad awaits. You will mostly remember the good stuff and the bad stuff will be funny to look back on. <3
If you have any unsolicited parenting advice feel free to leave it below, or just keep it to yourself and say congratulations. :-)
I love you and wish you the best of luck in this new adventure called parenthood.