Welcome Liz from Say Yes! Liz is funny, gracious, and so wise. She takes such good care of us and we look up to her so much. Her style is so effortlessly cool (this!) and We all jumped for joy at the news of her second pregnancy after a long hard road of Secondary Infertility – read all her posts about it here – and with every picture of Edie is a reminder of hope and a fresh start. Here’s Liz’s new baby advice with photos by Rachel Thurston:
1. What is one thing you would go back to tell your new-mom self?
Breastfeeding isn’t worth it when you feel like you’re fighting with your baby everyday and think you might pull your hair out! I had a horrible time nursing my son and am shocked and a little embarrassed how long I went struggling with it (over a year). I’m so much more relaxed about that stuff this time around. Generations of smart, well-adjusted, happy people have been fed formula (my parents being some of them!)
Also, don’t jump into baby outings too soon. You have the next 18 years for that! My group of friends at the time I was a new mom all had older children so I felt like I was always hanging out at the park with a 3 month old. So silly. Why wasn’t I toting my baby accessory around the mall and out to fancy cafes while I still could? Live it up while you still can. There is far too much Dora and playground babysitting already scheduled in your future.
2. Was there anything surprising or shocking that happened that no one warned you about?
Oh, yeah. That big fat lie that breastfeeding doesn’t hurt at the beginning. It kills! Even in the hospital this time around, the lactation consultant was trying to tell me I was doing it wrong soley because it was hurting (once again I had been lured into the lie!) Truth: It will kill and you’ll want to scream. But just wait 2 weeks and your beautiful bionic nipples will emerge!
3. What’s your bedtime routine?
My son hates when I sing. I know, he’s trying to torture me. But, so far, my daughter loves it. My favorite right now is “Moon, Moon Moon’ by Laurie Berkner. It’s pretty and simple to learn, and she’s usually dosing off by the second verse.
Such great advice! And we’re so thrilled that Liz could be the first to utter the word nipples on Small Fry, a momentous day!
Also, don’t miss our huge nursery giveaway with Land of Nod below!