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A - Appetite - My God can babies eat! You know before you have a baby and you think that 3 hours in between feeds is a long time? You're wrong. Blink and you're going to be right back at feeding time. As for your own appetite, please try to remember to eat and drink something in the days because some days you will forget.
B - Bottle or Breast? - For some reason, this is one of the most controversial and most debated topics in motherhood. You are constantly told "breast is best" but what if breastfeeding does not work for you? What if you just do not what to breastfeed by choice? Do what is best for you, there is no right or wrong answer.
C - Chaos - Complete and utter chaos. The feeds, the tidying, the washing. You are going to be running around like a headless chicken and realise that there are not enough hours in the day!
D - Dummies - Ah the Dummy Debate. Yet another controversial mummy subject. Are you for or against dummies?
E - Eating - You must master the art of doing this one handed (and eating cold food).
F - Fussy Hour - The hour before bedtime where you child just goes crazy. You kind of have to ask yourself if this is still your child. My baby never screams like this? My baby is never this fussy? Welcome to fussy hour. My question is why do children fight sleep so much? If you are tired just go to sleep!
G - Groups - Mum and baby groups. You will become the queen of these. You may constantly attend or feel guilty for missing them one week. Your baby will love them and to be quite honest, you might go a bit OTT on the singing yourself.
H - Hormones - Poor love our partners is all I am saying. There are a lot of hormones after you have a baby. You will find yourself crying over ridiculous things e.g. loving your baby, your baby being so tiny, not being able to find a shoe. The list goes on.
I - Instagram - Welcome to the world of constantly bombarding your Insta followers with cute photographs of your baby. * Note: this will either annoy or cause broodiness.
J - Judgement - For some reason, parents get judged for everything, every single decision you make with regards to your children - someone will have something to say about it. The most annoying being judgement from your childless friends or family. Move on you know you are doing what is best for you and your baby.
K - Kisses - ALOT OF THEM. Why are babies faces so kissable? My son is probably sick to death of kisses but I just cannot stop.
L - Leaving the house - AKA mission impossible. You will spend hours setting up prams, packing bags, making up feeds and wrestling a small child into a coat and a car seat. Beware, there are no spontaneous trips out of the house anymore!
M - Mother's Instincts - Trust your instincts. Mother knows best and all that jazz. If something feels wrong, do something - do not feel like you are overthinking things. You know your baby best.
N - Napping - Remeber when you were pregnant and ever Tom, Dick and bloody Harry gave you the advice "sleep while they sleep". What utter BS. If you slept when baby slept you would never get anything done. Obviously, for your own health please allow yourself the odd nap every now and again because you will need it.
O - Oversharing - For some reason, once you become a parent you magically lose the social skills that tell you what is a bit TMI. You will share stories about poo, sick and labour and your non-parent will be mortified.
P - Pyjamas - Meet your new uniform. As a new mum, you will quite possibly live in pyjamas. You may do what I did and get dressed, do my makeup and go out with the baby from 2 days after having a baby (crazy, I am aware), just note that one week later it will come crashing down because you have overdone it. You will then proceed to live in pyjamas.
Q - Quickly - You must learn to do everything super speedy! You need to have a power hour cleaning routine for when baby is sleeping and when that magical hour of nap time rolls around you are going to be trying to get everything on your never ending To Do list done.
R - Routine - Establishing an efficient bedtime routine that you can be consistent with is essential, trust me!
S - Social Life or lack of - Maternity leave for me was a lot of watching Netflix and saying "I need to get out of this house, it is driving me mental". Make time to meet up with a friend for a coffee date or call a friend. For no other reason but to keep your sanity.
T - Teething - Your enemy. This is possibly one of the worst times. Trust me, invest in some good Calpol and nappy rash cream. You'll thank me later.
U - Under a baby - You will spend approximately 80% of your life stuck under a sleeping baby that you just know will wake up the moment you try to put them down. Learn to hold in your wee.
V - Vaccinations - Three visits to the doctor which are vital and necessary but will leave you and your baby sobbing (if you are a wimp like me, that is).
W - Washing - An uphill battle that you possibly will never win.
X - X (like a kiss, what a cop-out) - X goodbye to lie ins, a good lie in now is 7.30.
Y - Yay, It's bedtime - You will rejoice when this magical time rolls around so you and your partner can talk about your days and spend some time together (or so you can have a nice hot bath).
Z - Zombie - What you will look, feel and probably smell like when you have a newborn.
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