Following on from my 10 things they don’t tell you about being pregnant post.
10 unexpected things about Motherhood:
1. (Beginning with the immediate post-birth fun) Bleeding.
I knew I would bleed a lot after giving birth, but I was shocked at how much I did… and for a good 6 weeks postpartum. Nothing really prepares you for it!
Oh, and then there’s the return of the favourite monthly visitor. Much more painful than it was pre-pregnancy. Ouch!
2. Hair loss.
Not just from having your hair pulled! It seems to have calmed down now, but the first 4 months after giving birth I was losing so much hair… I would find it everywhere, and would fret that I’d end up with bald patches!
3. How quickly your body bounces back.
From what my Mutti had said about the postpartum figure, I seriously thought I’d be wearing maternity jeans and big clothes for months (or even years) after having Busby. However, I have been amazed how quickly my body has bounced back. In fact, I’m slimmer than I was before I got pregnant! That would be all the bouncing, hill walking whilst pushing a pram, and lack of time to eat.
4. Embracing trousers.
You may have read previously that pre-Busby I never wore trousers. Never. Friends would actually ask me what was wrong when I rocked up in trousers. Now? I love them! I think they accentuate my new (well, larger) child-bearing hips, and are far more flatteringly than most of the dresses in my wardrobe.
This one has been both tricky and amazing. A few friends that I would’ve expected to be there for me since becoming a Mother haven’t, but friends I haven’t spoken to for years have reappeared again. The latter makes me so so happy, as Motherhood can be pretty lonely at times. I’m also thankful for Twitter, and my lovely group of friends that I’ve made through blogging – I
probably definitely would have gone mad without them!
6. One handed mad skills.
I have developed serious one handed mad skills: baby in one arm, balanced on the hip – other hand is free to get on with anything and everything! Eating, laundry – I have even managed to (successfully) peg washing on the line using only one hand and my mouth. That’s going on the CV.
I have become obsessed with baby poo. I never thought this would happen. I’m disgusted with myself.
8. Cake, tea and gin: your staple diet.
Cake? High in sugar and calories to keep your baby-bouncing, pram-pushing, multi-tasking-mummy stamina up.
Tea? It might not always be hot, but by George is it good when you do get a hot one. Caffeine required. Obv.
Gin? Baby in bed. Washing done. Dishwasher emptied. Dinner cooked. Sick combed out of hair. Baby poo vanished out of bodysuit, sleepsuit and sofa. You deserve a gin.
9. How you have crazy amounts of love for someone who makes you this tired.
I’m not good on limited sleep: My short fuse is even shorter. My skin looks like a piece of old leather. The bags under my eyes could hold a weeks worth of shopping. Oh, and I get even more emotional when I’m tired (I know – how is that possible??). If anyone else made me this tired they would be added to my hit list… but not Busby. I can be feeling beyond exhausted, but one smile, one cheeky giggle, a gooey mouth teething on my chin, and I perk up – the tiredness is forgotten for a while.
I have no idea where time has gone. How is Busby almost six months old? Why do I have to go back to work in September, which is less than 3 months away? How was I 14 weeks pregnant this time last year? It flies by. Make the most of it. Everyone will tell you this, but it’s so true. Being a first time Mutti only happens once in your life, and they’re only little for such a fleeting moment in the grand scheme of things. Appreciate, savour and never wish a moment away. Well, unless it’s a big old nappy full of strawberry seeds. Yum. Can you tell we’re weaning at the moment?