It’s a question every first-time parent asks themselves before leaving the hospital. “Are they really just gonna let me take this thing home with me?” You may find yourself overwhelmed with all the things you need to know about taking care of your babe - this little pink person that seems so foreign to you. Rest assured, you two will get along just fine and there isn't much difference in this relationship in comparison to the many others you have in your life. Honestly, you actually have a lot more in common than you think.
Here are 5 ways a new mom is just like her newborn baby.
For the first few days or even weeks, you will both be wearing diapers. To be honest, your diaper change is a lot more involved than the baby. Never in my life did I think it would take me 20 minutes, a squirt bottle of water, and a hand to hold to take a piss. And shame on your OB/GYN, midwife and/or birthing class instructor for coincidentally failing to mention that your lady parts would be turned inside out during labor.
You both need a lot of sleep. Notice I used the word “need.” You, my friend, won’t be getting much of it. But you sure as hell could use it.
At any given point in the day, you will both be covered in your baby’s bodily fluids. I’m gonna go ahead and put all my money on spit-up, but it could very well be drool, urine, feces, and/or snot.
Within a few months, you will both lose your hair. Most babies will lose their fine newborn hair and start growing beautiful new locks. Thanks to hormones, you will begin losing lots of your hair. (Borderline Gollum status.) You will actually avoid washing your hair not because you don’t have time, but because you don’t want to lose anymore.
Perhaps the most important: You both need each other. You never could’ve imagined the instant bond that you would feel with your baby… and at the end of another sleepless day, as you waddle to the bathroom covered in spit-up and strands of your own hair you remember that it’s all so very worth it.
Many parents think there is a divide between parents and newborns, but there actually isn't. The truth is we (parents and babies) are playing on the same team; we may have different skill sets but the end goals remain the same. Trust that by the time that new human smell wears off of your little one, you and your baby will be ready to conquer the world. Like any new relationship, it just takes some patience, adjustments, and getting used to. The best part about this relationship? You can guarantee you both will have something in common.
About the Author
Jac Baxendale is a Speech Language Pathologist, avid yogi and home renovator. She lives with her husband and their 1-year-old son on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.