You’ve been working up to the day to having a baby. Making plans for all the ways you’re going to love your baby. The things you’re going to do with and for your baby. How you’re not going to be like everyone else and give up the things you love to do. You have a lot of fantasies of what it will be like.
You’ll Feel Like a Mack Truck Hit You
You’ve heard the saying for a lifetime but now you really know. It doesn’t matter if you had the best natural child birth possible, for the first few weeks you’ll feel as if a truck hit you. You’ll wonder why you ever thought you could do this.
The Tired Is Unlike Anything You Ever Felt Before
An all-nighter in college with the worst hangover possible doesn’t compare to how you feel after a few weeks of having your baby with many sleepless nights. You feel as if you’re on sleep medication but trying to stay awake. You’re often on auto-pilot and it’s not going to be unusual to find needed items in the freezer that don’t belong there.
You’ll Finally Get the Nyquil Commercial
The commercial for the Nyquil sleep aid makes sense to you now. You think, what a great to “sleep like you don’t have children” sometimes sounds appealing. But then you look at your precious bundle and also feel overwhelming love and devotion. That love and devotion are what will keep you going.
You’ll Learn How to Sleep Sitting Straight Up
It won’t matter if you’re at work, at the kitchen table, or at a job interview, you may just happen to fall asleep while sitting straight up and down. It’s okay, give yourself a break. The best thing you and your spouse can do is try to sleep whenever you can around the baby’s schedule.
A Full Night of Sleep Sounds Orgasmic
You miss sex. You want sex. But sleep seems more exciting right now. That’s okay. Cuddle up together and sleep. You’ll have time for plenty of sex later, no doubt. Children grow up within a blink of an eye and you’ll be empty nesters before you know it and you’ll get to enjoy child free sex all over again.
You No Longer Want to Go Out With Your Friends
Before baby, you swore to your best girlfriends that you wouldn’t be like those other mothers and you’d do a once a month girl’s night out no matter what. Well, now you don’t want to. You’re part of a new club now. You’re a mom. Chances are your childless friends will also become mothers at some point in time and if they don’t get it now, they’ll get it then. It’s okay.
If You Get Four Hours of Sleep without Interruption It Scares You
One day you’ll actually wake up, after having slept for four hours straight. Instead of enjoying it you’ll bolt out of bed and go to your baby’s room to make sure they are breathing. No matter how hard you check you can’t be sure until you jostle your child enough to make them cry. You breathe a sigh of relief.
Sleeping is Preferable to Bathing
The baby is asleep; it’s been three days since your last real shower. You know you should, but you crawl right into bed and fall fast asleep instead. You figure you’ll bathe when your spouse complains about the smell.
Don’t let this scare you. Take heart. All your feelings and emotions are normal. You are tired, you are beyond tired. You are exhausted and this is how a mom feels for a few months sometimes as long as two years depending on the temperament of your child. But nothing will ever change the fact that you love that child so much that you actually realize you love them more than sleep.