Wow, information overload! There is no time like in pregnancy, especially the first time, that can make our brains sizzle with information. Nausea relief, my baby has fingerprints now, Braxton hicks, leg cramps, my baby is the size of a cantaloupe, nursery decorations, prenatal appointment, birth classes, prenatal yoga, etc. And that's just the stuff you remember, because you know, pregnancy brain is real! No wonder so many of us don't even think too much about how to actually prepare for when baby is here. Sure, we think about having a baby, but do we really think about what that is going to be like and how to get ready for it? Here are 6 things with tons of links to local resources (Oahu, HI) to do before baby comes, so it will be easier once baby is here.
1. Have realistic expectations.
Your baby will sleep, a lot, in the first 2-3 weeks. 16-20 hours out of every 24 are spent sleeping in short increments of about 1-3 hours. After those initial weeks your baby is going to be awake more so that means you will be too. So when those aunties tell you to sleep when baby sleeps, try to, or at least rest.
Your baby will also need you, a lot! Babies want to be held and comforted. They know nothing about this outside world, the lights, the sounds, the space. All they know is you and your heartbeat. You are comfort, and food, even if you don't breastfeed, you feed your baby, right.
So, if you get stir-crazy and feel like you are doing nothing but napping, holding and feeding your baby, you are doing it right. Don't worry, its only for the first 3-4 weeks and you'll never get those newborn snuggles back.