I may not have understood, but I would have liked a warning. Because while babies are adorable, the stress of having a newborn is unlike anything I could have possibly imagined. The mundane - like tackling the next feeding - meets the massive - like wondering how to protect this perfect being in this imperfect world. The result is a perfect storm of exhaustion and emotion.
Recently NPR asked:
The segment focused on men and women, and asked if as a society we were even willing to talk about the unpleasant sides of bringing #home a new #baby, or if it is still too #taboo. Maybe it's silly to mention, because perhaps those who haven't experienced it won't understand, and those who have been there will just smile knowingly. But with all #mentalillness, it seems important to at least start the conversation.
43but one smile from the baby makes it worth it
Instead, I'll ask, what were your expectations of bringing home a baby, and what was the reality? Whether you've reproduced or not, do you think this is something that is discussed openly?
59Just sleep when the baby sleeps.60