I don't think anything or anyone can ever prepare you for a newborn. I've always been obsessed with babies and I have lots of siblings and nieces and nephews, so I feel like I'm pretty comfortable around newborns...but having my own is a different story.
I wake up in the night and nudge her a little to make sure she's still alive (why are they so quiet when they sleep????). I know I'm supposed to sleep when she sleeps and all, but I don't want to miss a second of her life. Everyone says to soak up every minute because they grow up too fast - and that stresses me out! I don't want this period to go by too fast and leave me wishing I took better advantage of it!
I don't think this picture could be anymore accurate of what this first week has been like haha. Posted up in bed, breast pump in the background (hi), a gallon of water close by at all times, haggard AF, and a sweet, sleepy babe on my chest. My body is so sore and fragile right now, so there's not a whole lot of movement going on these days haha.
I'll be on maternity leave for 12 weeks, so right now I'm just taking it day to day and figuring out this new stage of life. I've been making dumb to-do lists everyday. They have really silly things on there like shower, or eat breakfast. But it's surprising how those things slip by without me realizing! Being able to check them off is actually really satisfying, and I feel like I'm taking care of myself and allowing my body to heal, while also soaking up every second I can with sweet Piper.
My life is so different now, and it's definitely an adjustment. I used to do what I wanted, work out when I wanted, eat when it fit into my schedule, sleep when I was tired, etc. Now my day completely revolves around Piper and her schedule. Sometimes/all the time I feel like I have no clue what I'm doing...but I just take it a step at a time, and we're all still alive so I must be doing something right. Right??