You see the enthusiasm of these parents-to-be. They’re so excited and just want to know everything. Well, not exactly – the mums-to-be do. The dads-to-be usually think it’s going to be ‘easy’, or are completely avoiding thinking about the logistics of a baby (good on them!).
My firstborn, our boy, is turning two in a couple of months. Eeek. Where the hell did that time go. I remember what it was like to be expecting our first. Well, I kind of remember – it’s all a bit of a blur! But I do recall that it was both an exciting and anxious time.
In the lead up to his birth, I was obsessed with reading ALL the advice. I had at least five baby books - some on routines, some on pregnancy and some on the all-important first year of a baby’s life. I drove myself, not to mention my husband, a little bit crazy obsessing over every little detail.
And you know what? You don’t need any of it. Not while you're pregnant.
Two years on, and a second baby later, I’ve decided it’s better to just live in denial while you can. Having a newborn is the most amazing, wondrous, hard, stressful, beautiful, all consuming time of your life. You never can fully prepare yourself for the complete life upheaval that having a baby brings.
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