No one said that being a new mom is easy.  I think that most of us expect it to be challenging.

While I can only speak from my own experience, I would guess that I’m not alone.  So here is what I’ve found in the 2 months now that I’ve been a mom.  Maybe you can relate.

  1. I have never had so much garbage in my life.

Between dirty diapers and boxes from things purchased for our little one, we have a full bag of garbage every day.  I’m probably exaggerating here, but that’s definitely what it feels like.

  1. Lack of sleep wears on you.

After a couple days in a row of taking care of our little one all day and all night, you’re not at the top of your game.  Even if you sleep every time your little one sleeps, you’re still tired.  I think the biggest reason is because of the amount of sleep you’ll get at one time.  Never getting more than 5 or so hours of sleep at once, all the time, is hard to deal with.

  1. Your little one will scream and it will make your heart hurt.

Sometimes, no matter what you do, your little one just can’t be comforted.  This has happened quite a few times since I’ve been a mom.  Of course the day she gets shots, but other times, when you just can’t figure out what she needs and she just screams.

It’s hard.

Really hard.

You want so much to take the pain from them, to do anything within your power to comfort them.  The sound of your little one screaming echoes through your ears and almost literally makes your heart hurt.

  1. Your relationship (if you’re in one) will go through rough times

When it’s your first child, you really don’t know what to expect.  My fiancé and I knew that things would be different once our little one came along.  However, I don’t think that either one of us knew just how different it would be.

On top of everything above, you don’t have the time you did before.  Baby takes up your time and energy so by the time you and your partner have a little time to yourselves; you’ve got only a little left to give.

Make sure you keep talking and try and team up to work through things with your babe.

Even through everything; the garbage, lack of sleep, long days, being a mother is still the best thing in the world.

All she has to do is look at me and smile.  Then I know exactly why I keep going.  Why I don’t question what I’m doing and how I’ll get through.

It’s all I need.

Newborn baby's come with their own set of difficulties and frustrations. All without an instruction manual.

New baby's come with their own set of difficulties and frustrations.  All without an instruction manual.