When you become a Mum, your world as you know it is changed forever and nothing can quite prepare you. Here are 10 life lessons learnt from some gorgeous Mummy's out there that are sure to help - thankyou all for your input!
1. Your washing machine will get a workout like never before. Your child will undergo multiple daily outfit changes due to vomit, dribble, urine, faeces and any other imaginable bodily fluid. Due to this you must always have a towel at arms reach! Your own clothes will also quickly become stained and ruined, but you will likely reach a point where you simply do not care.
2. You have to master the art of selflessness, and learn to put someone else's every need ahead of your own. You may feel like you will never have a hot cup of coffee again, the chance to finish a whole meal or any privacy!
3. When changing a nappy on a little boy, always point the willy down! Failure to do this will result in soaked clothing and an upset Mummy.
4. Breastfeeding is difficult and painful at the beginning and you may need the assistance of a lactation consultant. I personally saw one and the information I receieved was invaluable.
5. On the other hand, if you can't breastfeed or choose not to you are not a bad person. You need to do what works best for you and your baby.
6. Do not be afraid to ask for help - it doesn't matter if it is family, friends, medical staff or community assitance. Utilise everything and everyone possible!
7. There will be added pressure on your relationships - particularly with your partner as you adjust to life with a baby. That said, you will see your partner in a different light, your love will take on a whole new level, and there will be no greater joy than seeing them playing together.
8. You will buy so much more than you actually need, and impulse buy baby items and clothes - most of which you won't even use!
9. All the hard work, sleepless nights, sacrifices, and tears are completely worth it when you see your little one's face light up in your presence.
10. Just when you think that you have things under control, your child will change their behaviour or routine, leaving you wondering if you will ever have this motherhood thing sorted. The main thing is to take a deep breath, believe in yourself and know that you are doing everything you can for your baby!