Tuesday, July 28, 2009

A month of learning

I've been off work for the past month, and have two more weeks to go before I am back at the daily grind (and Luke goes to day care). It's been a month of on the job learning, and some of the things I've learned are things that they either don't write about in the baby books, or don't underscore heavily enough.
  • For the first week or two after going home from the hospital, you will forget to eat. Remind yourself, or you will turn into a monster very quickly.
  • When they say that if you don't rest enough, you'll get mastitis and be miserable, THEY MEAN IT. They should put this in giant, bold letters in the What to Expect book. It should have its own chapter, because it's that miserable and should not be a footnote.
  • We are cloth diapering at home, and the biggest thing I've discovered about this is that the poopiest diaper in the load will be the first new one after you've put a load in the washing machine.
  • Also, cloth diapering is not as hard as everyone says it is, even with the washing and stuff, because it would take just as long to take out a full trash bag as it does to take the diapers out of the dryer and stack them up.
  • The thing that you want the most about being a mom will probably be the thing that goes the most wrong. In my case, breastfeeding... more about that later.
I'm sure there are much more things to learn as we go along, but that's what's jumped out at me so far. It's only been a month... we have years of tidbits to pick up.


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