Like, the epidural is your friend, and perhaps the greatest breakthrough in modern medicine.
Or that breastfeeding is really, really hard, and the first few days you might totally suck at it, or not produce enough milk to feed your screaming, crying baby.
Or that newborns sometimes just cry for hours on end at three am and it’s perfectly normal.
I remember crying everyday in the hospital. Here's the thing, I rarely cry, and these weren't tears of joy necessarily. They were tears of holy-shit, I don't even know how to properly hold this thing, and I'm supposed to take him home in 24 hours? I miss my old life!
I'm not going to lie, I was scared. I missed my dogs and truthfully, I felt like I could never love the new baby as much as my fur babies. And, then I cried because I felt wrong for even thinking that.
What they don't tell you is that your relationship with your baby is similar to any relationship. It takes time to fully blossom. Yes, it might be love at first sight, but believe me, when you try to change his diaper and he projectile poops right on you, you might not be feeling the love 100%.
But, I will tell you that I've only had this guy for nearly a month and I can't imagine my life without him. When I go to the gym or run an errand, I rush back to make sure he's ok and miss him horribly the whole time I'm gone.
I just want to say to all those Moms & Dads out there, including my own: mad props! You never realize the effort & dedication it takes to be parent until you become one.