So you have a baby on the way … congratulations! And brace yourself – life’s about to get hectic and very, very confusing.
Strap yourself in for this quick trip through the first year with a baby in the house – in memes!
Lesson 1: Beware the smug
So your bub’s sleeping well for the first week? Don’t get too smug …
Yep, it doesn’t take long for your sleepy newborn to turn into a very, very NOT sleepy baby!
Lesson 2: Reality WILL set in …
And you’ll wonder what on earth you were thinking?!
Lesson 3: When someone wakes your sleeping baby, the rage is real …
You’ll go through hell just for a moment’s peace, and become THIS lady …
Waaaay too many of us relate HARD to this mama!
Lesson 4: There’s always one thing SURE to wake your sleeping babe …
And it’s not the noisy neighbours.
Lesson 5: When they finally sleep through, you won’t sleep anyway …
It is known.
Lesson 6: You might as well get used to it (you were warned, above!) …
You’ll sleep again, all right. But it won’t be the sleep you’re used to.
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Lesson 7: Everyone makes things look much easier than they are
Just when you think, “I’ve got this!”, some little thing will put you right back in your place …
Lesson 8: Overwhelm happens
Things can definitely feel a little overwhelming – remember, asking for help is GOOD!
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Lesson 9: Poo relief is a thing
You’ll be amazed at (and slightly weirded out about) the things that occupy your mind now …
Whether it’s your baby who hasn’t pooed for three days, or your toddler who simply refuses to use the potty or toilet, poo will be top-of-mind for quite some time in those early years.
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Lesson 10: So many things look easy but actually aren’t!
PS: If you nip the tip of your bub’s finger, know that you are ABSOLUTELY NOT the only one who has done this! And yes, your baby will survive. You might also like to try one of these great products for clipping your bub’s nails.
Lesson 11: Your bub’s big boof-head is a weapon
And your nose is no match for it. The pain is eye-wateringly real. You have been warned.
Lesson 12: When teething happens, may god have mercy on your soul …
This is NOT the fun bit!
Lesson 13: Sibling rivalry will break your heart AND make you laugh
Just when you feel brave enough to do it all again, your first child will have other ideas …
If you’re at your wits’ end, here’s what you need to know about sibling rivalry.
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Lesson 14: It’s all about perspective …
Lesson 15: You have totally got this
But when it all feels completely overwhelming and you wonder what the hell you were thinking, remember this:
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