Well done… YOU DID IT. Who cares what way, whether it was with: gas and air, epidural, by c-section – you birthed a baby – another human being came from YOU – mind officially blown!!! I had an elective c-section which went surprisingly to plan, what happened afterwards with my son being in intensive care was NOT what I had in mind. Immature lungs, chronic lung disease, double pneumonia, bronchiolitis and a broken leg and I’m still standing… just, almost 2 years later.
In this latest somewhat reflective post, before I meet a gaggle of new mamas in our September courses – I’ve tried to capture some of things that ran through my mind as a new mum:
1) Help, I don’t know what I am doing, why is there no exam for this?
2) I didn’t know I could love someone so much.
3) Wow – I did not realise I could never leave the house again without it taking 3 hours.
4) What is my body doing? Producing milk, the pains and the bleeding post birth – I felt both awestruck and like the body I had known my whole life was betraying me
5) My relationship with my husband is DIFFERENT. Strained from sleep-deprivation and another central focus – will it go back to normal?
6) Why is my bump still here and why am I so squishy?
7) Why am I crying so much, even when I’m really happy?
8) Does it get easier?
9) I don’t feel like a natural mum, but I do have an overwhelming lioness instinct to protect my baby.
10) Please tell me I’m not actually supposed to cherish every moment and that other people also find it hard at times.
PREVAILING THOUGHT – PASS THE WINE!
I really love meeting new mums on our postnatal courses and with September here, if you haven’t snapped up a space on our 5 week courses, you can do so here. Mum friends, expert advice and lots of coffee await. Oh, and we have socials where there is wine!