Monday, July 29, 2013

Five Things That Surprised Me Most About Parenthood + Giveaway!

We are just about to celebrate Jack's 3 Month Birthday so I think this is a great time to reflect upon what parenthood has been like thus far.  Jason asked me the other night if being a mom is what I thought it would be.  For the most part, yes.  It is amazing and wonderful just like I thought.  There are aspects that are easier than I thought -- like balancing work and baby time -- and there are aspects that are harder than I thought -- like breastfeeding. 

Here are five things that surprised me most about parenthood:

1.  The emotional roller coaster the first few weeks
I was a total basket case the first two weeks of Jack's life.  I cried at the drop of a hat.  Not out of sadness, but out of overwhelming love, stress, fear, worry, and happiness.  I loved this little baby so much that I couldn't stand it.  Everything just pulled at my heartstrings and made me cry.  I remember that I could not watch the news those first few weeks because it would make me too emotional.  I even broke out into tears when my mom surprised me with a cake from my favorite bakery for my 30th birthday (10 days postpartum)! 

My baby boy and I on my 30th birthday.  He was the best present ever!
 
2.   Breastfeeding is hard work and will take up most of your time at first
I wrote about this topic here, but in summary I was just ignorant about the amount of work and dedication it takes to breastfeed.  It's 100% worth it in the end (and I actually LOVE it now), but I really thought something was wrong with me in the beginning because it wasn't easy.  

3.  Staring at your baby is the most fun thing to do
What do Jason and I find ourselves doing for fun these days?  Staring at Jack.  We can watch him for hours on end...smiling, sleeping, playing, even fussing.  Forget Netflix.   Our baby boy is all the entertainment we need these days!




4.  There is no standard answer to your baby problems
Being a first time mom, I asked a lot of questions at the hospital when Jack was born.  I was so surprised at how many different answers I was given to the same question from the hospital staff.  One nurse would say to feed our baby anytime he cried and for as long as he would eat.  The next nurse advised us to watch the clock and stop his feedings after a certain amount of time.  I got so frustrated, but quickly learned to listen to all the advice I was given, but then rely on my instincts and trust that I knew what was best for my baby. 




5.  How sensitive baby's skin is
The first few days of Jack's life we used the hospital provided wipes during diaper changes (the kind you wet with water first).  No problems.  When we went home we started using the traditional wet wipes and Jack immediately developed the worst diaper rash.  It looked horrible and I felt like a terrible mom!  I tried several different brands of wipes, but nothing seemed to make it better.  At Jack's 2 week check-up we showed the pediatrician who told us to stop using wipes altogether and start using water and washcloths to wipe him at every diaper change.  She said lots of newborn's skin is too sensitive for wipes.  No one tells you these things! 

So we basically moved all of the cute changing table items into the bathroom, nixed the wipes and wipe warmers (what a waste) and bought a ton of cheap wash cloths for each diaper change.  We are still doing all diaper changes in the bathroom to be next to the sink and he does well.  We also religiously use Dr. Smith's Diaper Rash Ointment now at every diaper change to keep the red away.  I picked it up after reading other bloggers rave about it.  This is the only creme that has worked for us (even compared to a prescription creme we tried). 



Dr. Smith's is now available nationwide at Walgreen's as of last week! You can find your closest retailer by visiting doctorsmiths.com.

To celebrate their nationwide launch, Dr. Smith's is doing a giveaway for the readers of The Perfect Catch!  They are generously giving away one $50 Walgreens gift card and a supply of diaper rash ointment to one lucky reader.  Enter below, good luck and now tell me...

What surprised YOU most about about parenthood? 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

21 comments:

  1. Great tips Chelsea! Proud of you for breastfeeding :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! It is an amazing experience.

      Delete
  2. I absolutely LOVED dr smiths. A nurse in the hospital recommended it and at the time it was hard to locate. That stuff is like a miracle!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Staci! Hope you are having a good Monday.

      Delete
  3. Oh the joys of motherhood - every day is a new surprise! Can't wait to see you soon. Graham says kisses are too girly so give Jack a high five for him!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. High five right back at ya Graham! Can't wait to see ya'll soon!

      Delete
  4. I agree...breastfeeding is the hardest, most rewarding thing I have ever done in my life. I wasnt prepared for it though when we had our first child and then the second was like all new - all over again!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hopefully the second one isn't quite so hard? By the way, thank you for the new Stella & Dot book. I love all of the new stuff especially the peacock pieces.

      Delete
  5. Great tips Chelsea! I'll be looking to your blog for advice for a soon-to-be mother :) I had no clue about the sensitivity of babies' skin so I'll be picking up some Dr. Smith's.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks Meagan! I am so excited for you! I'm sure you are ready for baby to arrive. Did I see on Facebook that his name is Jackson? I obviously love it! Also, Lauryn said she ran into you and your mom the other day! Talk soon.

      Delete
  6. Totally agree with all of these!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hopefully it will be easier the second time around with Boy #2 for you!!!

      Delete
  7. congrats on your baby boy!!! I love this post and can totally relate to it!!! my baby girl is 4 months!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks and congratulations on your baby girl!

      Delete
  8. My surprising thing is how much my son hiccups in the womb :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Congratulations on your pregnancy! That feels so weird doesn't it?

      Delete
  9. I will need to check this out. We are considering cloth diapering and we are looking at all of our options.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. There is so much out there now to consider...kind of overwhelming!

      Delete
  10. I am surprised at how different two kids can be who were raised together in the same family!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. So true! It makes me scared to have a second one!

      Delete
  11. How different 2 kids can be in personality

    ReplyDelete

 

Site Design by Fabulous K