1 March 2016

5 Things I've Learnt About Newborns

Back when I was pregnant I shared a post on 20 things no one tells you about getting pregnant and it went down so well with regular readers of Tattooed Tealady, that I thought I'd share with you 5 things I've learnt about newborns. 

Willow is 5 weeks old today so I've had just over a month to get used to life as a new mama and get to grips with looking after this tiny human being and giving her all of my attention and love. It's a pretty wonderful thing being a mama, but it is also completely unlike anything I expected or how anyone told me it would be.

001. Babies will let you know what they want, if you're willing to listen
Like all babies (unless you're super lucky), Willow can be fairly vocal with cries. At first I used to get absolutely terrified when she cried, worried and wondering why she was crying. Was she hungry? Did she have a dirty nappy? Was it trapped wind? When your baby is newborn and crying you go through every scenario trying to work out what's wrong with them and more often than not it's something that can be solved as quickly as changing a nappy or shoving your boob/a bottle in their mouth, and lots of cuddles of course! 

But as Willow as gotten older (I'm already making her sound 50 rather than 5 weeks!) it has become so much easier to distinguish between cries and what they mean, and once you're able to do that your life instantly becomes a million times easier. I know what her cries are when she's hungry, windy, needs a clean nappy, just wants a cuddle or simply needs some help getting off to sleep. You become in-tune to your babies needs and end up feeling like Superwoman in the process. 

002. Babies will sleep through anything
Everyone makes out that you need to be super quiet around babies, especially when they're sleeping. Don't have the telly louder than a mouse, tip toe around the house, oh and make sure you whisper when trying to have a conversation. Nah, you're alright.

Before Willow was even born my partner and I said we wouldn't change our environment at home drastically, because it'll only result in her being unable to sleep with any kind of noise. Sure, we've toned down the volume a little and we're not throwing any wild parties, but babies go into such a deep sleep that it's almost impossible to rouse them sometimes. You don't need to turn your home into a library (well, unless it's with actual books in which case go ahead!), you just need to be sensible about things. 

003. Leaving the house will take longer than whatever you need to venture out for
It's like packing for a holiday. Nappies, wipes, changing mats, a spare set of clothes just in case, oh and don't forget the Dettol wipes in case you have to just a public changing room. It might not sound like much but when you put it altogether you'll be struggling to zip up the changing bag - before taking it all out again just to check everything is there!

The first time we took Willow properly into town we made a day of it. We headed off to get her registered then popped around the shops before catching the bus to see some family. Just as we were about to get on the bus, BOOM!, she starts crying. I have never panicked so much, trying to think where on earth we could use a public baby changing room and oh God do people think we're awful cos our baby is crying in the middle of town? Parenthood is fun, honestly.

004. Babies are not as fragile as they look
Whenever I have held other people's babies, whether family or friends, I have always been terrified. Am I holding them right? Are they supported? Are they comfortable? Of course you will worry when holding someone else's baby, the last thing you want to do is hurt them in any way or, worse case scenario, make them cry

Yet when it comes to your own baby you soon realise, hey, they're not as fragile as they look! You don't have to hold them like a piece of glass that could shatter at any moment, light pats on the back really don't do anything when it comes to winding and you really do have to put some effort in to get those burps out, and they really are OK being left alone for longer than 5 seconds. 

005. They really do change your life in the biggest way
Becoming a mama has been the most amazing thing, the biggest accomplishment of my life and the most magical, whirlwind experience, even if I am only 5 weeks in. Your life changes instantly once your baby is born and there's no going back, but all those sleepless nights, cries and dirty nappies are worth it, because you have this incredible little person who makes life so much better than you ever imagined. 

Being a parent is hard - and I know we have so much more to experience, with more highs and lows to tackle -, but it's also the most rewarding and beautiful journey you could ever begin.

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  1. Willow is so beautiful! I can't believe she is 5 weeks already. I enjoyed reading this, I hoping to have a little one myself in the next few years so it's good to read other people's experiences. x

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    1. Thank you so much Sam! I know, it's flown by, far too quickly for my liking! Really glad you enjoyed reading my post xo

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  2. So true! Becoming a mum changes you forever and there will always be a person that is more important then you. Leaving house with babies or even older kids (I have two, 5 and 3 years old)takes so long that sometimes I feel like I don't want to bother anymore :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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    1. Haha, oh it's definitely easier to stay in but good for the little ones to get out and about so worth it in the end :) xo

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  3. Love this post! Definitely agree about babies sleeping through anything. I decided on the same approach as you. Arthur sleeps through TV noise, my dogs barking and even the hoover! xx

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    1. Thank you lovely :) Me and M aren't exactly the loudest of couples but it's certainly easier not living in silence xo

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  4. Such a lovely post. It sounds like you're learning fast!
    I hope I have my own little one to learn these things from one day :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. Thanks so much Jess! Oh yes, definitely learning fast - and there is so much to learn! xo

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  5. these are all so great tips! I took care of my little cousin and yh they are actually not easily breakable haha trying to get her to burp showed me that :p
    Willow is beautiful, congrats again!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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    1. Thanks Pam, really glad you liked my post! Ha, yes, definitely need to put some effort in when it comes to burping. Thank you so much - I still can't believe we made such a beautiful little girl xo

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  6. she's so cute! theres some great advise in there. I totally agree I think it's best to keep your house as normal as it usually would be when it comes to sounds and stuff. i'd hate to have to tip toe around the house for months and months xx

    www.chanellejade.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Chanelle! Definitely, plus I'm far too much of a heavy footed person to tip toe around the house haha xo

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  7. I feel like I'm learning a lot from your posts and I don't even have a child yet! xx

    Ramblings of a Beauty Bird | Beauty Blog

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    1. I will take that as a compliment :) Ha! I'm glad you are learning from them lovely - although I am still learning myself xo

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  8. Aww your little girl is too cute! It seems I have a lot to learn if I'm going to become a mom one day! Can't wait! =)

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    1. Thanks so much Melanie! Ah, it's all part of the 'job' of being a mama! :) xo

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  9. This is such a lovely post and little Willow is beautiful! x

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    1. Thank you so much Jodie! And I'm so glad you enjoyed my post xo

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  10. Congratulations, Willow is just gorgeous and I love her name, so pretty. Being a parent is the best adventure ever!

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