This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine.
I’m such a sucker for pregnancy and child birth. I love hearing other’s birth stories. Walmart has a new page called Moms First with various articles and videos on pregnancy and being a new parent and I spent more time than I probably should have watching some of the videos. One of them was called “Welcoming the Wonders” and she shared her experience seeing her baby for the first time. I found myself getting teary-eyed remembering that moment when I saw both of my girls for the first time. It truly is such a life-changing moment.
I thought it would be fun to write a blog post asking each of you what some of the things are that you remember most about the birth of your children!
Here are a few of mine.
You Know You’re a New Parent When:
Watching your spouse become a parent causes you to fall in love with them all over again and in a whole new way. I will never forget my husband crying when our first child was born, and the “trance” he was in afterwards. It is one of the most special experiences in my memory.
Greeting your baby for the first time is both everything you imagined and nothing you imagined all at the same time. I remember being completely in love the moment I saw her, but at the same time feeling like there was no way what I was experiencing was real. I remember thinking something like “What in the world?! I am really her mom?”
You use Google as your Lifeline. I’m pretty sure I was googling something every 20 minutes those first few days home from the hospital. “Is it normal for the cord to fall of this early?” “Should my baby be sleeping?” “Is it normal to be this tired?” “Why is my baby crying this time?”
The nurse brings in those teeny tiny Pampers Newborn diapers and you and your spouse make awkward eye contact that says everything: “who is going to do the first diaper change?” And actually, to give my husband proper credit, I didn’t change one diaper while we were in the hospital.
You sneak snacks like you are 5 years old. Whether you are the person that sneaks snacks into your labor and delivery room in fear of starvation, or you hoard hospital snacks to make you feel better about the giant labor and delivery bill you will be paying, everyone seems to admit to one of these scenarios. I plead guilty to taking several small packages of Lorna Doone cookies home from the hospital in my purse.
Whenever you call in your hospital meal order, you name off 6 additional sides that you would like with your meal, even though you are pretty sure the hospital staff has caught on that you are ordering extra food for your husband.
You experience more fear on your drive home from the hospital than you did your very first time behind the wheel. I will never forget my panic that my baby wouldn’t survive the first car ride. I insisted that I needed to ride in the back so that I could make sure she didn’t stop breathing.
You start to dream about dreaming. I somehow contracted Mono my first week with my newborn and I will never forget how crazy I felt for sleep. My husband will admit to asking me to “just breathe” one night at 3 A.M. when I thought I just wouldn’t survive. Then when your baby actually does sleep through the night, you wake up in a panic that something must be wrong.
You hand guests a bottle of hand sanitizer before they have a chance to greet you. Don’t judge us, it’s motherly instinct to protect our young!
What things do YOU remember about birth?
It’s inevitable that when a group of women get together, pregnancy and birth stories ALWAYS come up. How can we resist? It is one of the most magical, emotional, life-changing moments that a human can ever experience.