Dear Mummy to be,
Congratulations on your pregnancy! The 9 months feels like forever and full of constant worry. It won’t be long and your bundle of joy will soon be here. Then it will be a whole different worry and time goes ridiculously fast!
Everybody will be saying make the most of sleep whilst you can. It still makes me laugh. No amount of sleep will prepare you for the amount of sleepless nights! Before baby arrives make sure and have duvet days where you can sit and pig out on chocolate watching boxsets in a day! Just make the most of ‘you time’
Once baby is here take a million photos. I’m really not exaggerating! On top of all these photos take hours of video footage. Babies change on a daily basis I look back at the photos of Lola and I honestly can’t believe how much she has changed week to week. Video all the small whimpers when they are sleeping, the adorable little sneezes, all the funny little faces they pull! I can’t tell you how many times you will go back and watch them!
Don’t give in to pressure. If you need to co-sleep then do it! You will be amazed at how many people actually do! As long as you do it safely then there is no harm in it especially if breastfeeding. Your baby will be so tiny for such a short period of time just make the most of having such a tiny little person to look after!
Remember they are your baby! When suddenly you are inundated with visitors remember to take back your baby whenever you need to. Otherwise, once everybody leaves you will hold your baby again and not remember the last time you held them!
It is amazing the amount of people who will contact you to visit once the baby is born. Only invite close friends and family. Everybody else can wait! If a couple of weeks later people are still asking then invite them. It’s amazing how many people you never hear from again!
Each milestone is huge and only other parents will understand the sense of achievement you feel during each step. First smile, roll over, sit up, teeth, crawling, walking, talking and so much more. Do not wish the time away at all. Before you know it they will be onto the next thing and you will be wishing you had made the most of the previous milestone.
Just enjoy every second of being a Mummy. It is the hardest but most fulfilling job in the world. There are times you feel like you just need 5 minutes to yourself but then seeing every achievement is amazing. Remember that before you know it they will be starting school and you will wish you could go back to this stage again!