When I was thinking about getting pregnant, I bought and read almost every book ever written about pregnancy and what to do once the baby comes out! Quietly, that was my real fear. I know many women who were scared of actually delivering the baby. Not me. My fear was about what to do when the little thing comes out – and I actually have to take it home with me.
So, I read, and read, and read. And, most of it was very helpful. But, there were certain things that even though you read them, right there on the page in black and white, they still didn’t quite sink in. You needed to hear the words, preferably from a sympathetic girlfriend who’s been there before. Things like:
You sex drive might be low immediately after childbirth. Girlfriend translation: You’re not crazy because you’ve been cleared by your doctor at your six week check up to have sex again, but your body still looks and feels pregnant, so sex the thought of sex, well, it isn’t even a thought …
Potty training takes patience. Girlfriend translation: Pee is way easier than poop and one day, I promise, your child will stop pooping on himself in a corner and discover that the toilet is a much easier and less messy place for everyone.
Sometimes girlfriends just a have a special way of breaking things down so that you don’t!
What did your girlfriends hip you to? The Parent Bloggers Network is collaborating with Discovery Health to introduce their new docu-drama “Deliver Me,” and would love hear your truth about motherhood. Share your story and some girlfriend wisdom; and you just might win the prize.
Winks & Smiles,