Five Truths No One Told Me About Motherhood
When it comes to motherhood, people are always ready to offer helpful advice on anything and everything, from changing nappies to establishing sleep routines. But somewhere along the line I discovered that a few crucial things had been omitted from this list. These are the five truths no one told me about motherhood.
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1. No one told me I thought I would die when my milk came in.
Sorry to gross you out but one of the weirdest things that happened to me was on the second night in the hospital after giving birth. I woke up in a lather of sweat. After stumbling to the toilet I was making my way back to bed when a chill descended on my body and I could not stop shaking. I was convinced I had contracted an Ebola-like infection that was about to kill me. I called for the nurse and told her what was happening. She laughed and said a little too calmly, “Oh that’s just your milk coming in.” Hilarious.
2. No one told me not to sit in the front seat of the car on the way back from the hospital.
I had no idea that you could not actually see your baby when they are in the infant carrier in the back of that car. I was convinced my baby, Maggie, had stopped breathing at every red light. It was another month before I got the courage to venture out in the car again but as they say, practice makes perfect. Now when I am driving and she cries, I no longer channel Jodie Foster’s character from the Panic Room.
3. No one told me how much fun my baby would be.
I never thought I would have a hat party with my five month old, teach her how to Irish dance in a jolly jumper and invent ridiculous songs about babies’ bottoms.
4. No one told me my personal hygiene habits would suffer as a result of having a baby.
Even though a lot of people say that new mothers no longer have time for themselves I did not realise this would be as far reaching as the hair on my legs. Showering, clean clothes and makeup are totally overrated for a new mother. Dry shampoo on the other hand will become your best friend.
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5. No one told me that a baby could help people heal after the loss of a loved one.
My beloved father passed away a few weeks ago. Dad was the real star of our family and his loss was monumental. My final memories of him are precious because he got to spend time with Maggie and see how she had changed my life. Dad was happy because I was happy. His concern was always more about everyone else and that is why we loved him. His funeral saw an enormous turnout of friends and family and amongst them all was Maggie, beaming her beautiful five-month-old smile at anyone who looked in her direction, and reminding us all that life goes on.
Sonia Kruger is a TV host and presenter.
(Image credit: Channel 9)
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