I don’t think anything could have prepared me for the sleepless nights. Being a mom to a newborn isn’t like what the cute pictures on Instagram show. Having a newborn isn’t like the picture below. If only, it was.
I’ve learnt that no man is an island in the last month. I don’t think I could have survived the past few weeks without my husband, my mum and friends with young children who I’ve asked for advice. It’s helped me feel less alone during this period. I had challenges with breastfeeding. I just assumed breastfeeding would come naturally but speaking to other mums, I can see that it takes time and practice.
I also realised that the child birth had an impact on my emotions. I was watching the Great British Bake Off final and tears filled my eyes when they announced the winner. Normally, this wouldn’t happen but I guess having a baby affected me in that way.
There have been moments of laughter with the baby and my family and many moments where I’ve felt so tired. But, everyone tells me that it’s a phase so I look forward to when the sleepless nights will be over. Plus, finding time to do things that I enjoy has become harder but I try to fit in a few things here and there like reading a few pages from a novel or watching a TV show. Even finding time to write this blog post was a struggle but I wanted to write it so I could read it later on and see how things have changed.