Is there anything you wished you had known before labor/birth/postpartum? Do you feel like you were prepared?
I don't know being the youngest of 5 and having a ton of nieces and nephews, I was always around babies, toddlers, kids. I babysat all the time for them and so I can't say that I had any huge-"Wish Someone Told Me That" moments. I think it is most profound for people that have not had that kind of exposure. Just my 2 cents on the subject.
I also had a lot of experience with babies and kids but breastfeeding was another story. I was not prepared for that!
I wish I had learned more about discipline. I was way too harsh in the beginning. Thank goodness my kids have forgiven me!
Oh, boy. I'm still trying to figure this one out. I tend to lean too far to one direction or the other but need to find a good balance!
For me, it would be to not fuss over their sleep. With my oldest and even the second I would run in every time they made a noise. My third goes to sleep completely on his own and always has. It is so much easier!
Yes, sleep was a hard one for me too. With my first, trying to get him to sleep in his crib and I would end up asleep on his bedroom floor because I didn't want to just let him cry. It got easier with the next two for sure!
I've been around children always, but one thing I do wish I had listened to more is to rest when the baby does and let others help. I was so exhausted and sleep deprived!!
Accpeting help is a hard one! You feel like you should say "hey, I got this handled" but really could use a nap!
I just wish I would have slept more before my first was born. Nine and a half years later I'm still tired.