10 unavoidable truths about life with a newborn

October 27, 2014

Pregnant or just had a baby? Here’s ten unavoidable truths about life with a newborn…
10 unavoidable truths about newborns and babies #4 is SO true!

We’re currently nearly two weeks in to life with our brand sparkly new baby, and it’s still going pretty well at the moment. It is lots easier second time round – albeit with different challenges – and everything really does come flooding back. Thankfully!

However, going through the baby days again has shown that even with different children, certain things remain eternal about life with a newborn…so here are my ten unavoidable truths.

10 truths about life with a newborn

1) The cuter and more brightly patterned the babygro, the higher the chances of it needing changing within two minutes

2) And the baby will need another nappy change the *instant* you’ve popped the final popper shut from the last one

3) Despite having unlimited stocks in two different sizes, five colours and three fancy patterns, there’s never a muslin to hand when you’re faced with baby sick

4) The postman will always jauntily ring the doorbell, twice, the instant you’ve settled down with a sleeping newborn either on or attached to your chest

5) In the – slightly adapted – words of 90’s angst-ridden singer Alanis Morisette, it’s like 10,000 breastpads when all you need is a maternity pad

6) And again, it’s like 10,000 breastpads until you actually really need one

7) Visit from the Boob Fairy? Fantastic. But the novelty wears thin each time you wake up with leaky giant boulders strapped to your chest

8) You’ll always be wearing white, cream or grey marl when your boobs leak

9) Having a newborn means it’s somehow open season for commenting on your parenting choices (especially by old ladies in the supermarket, bizarrely)

10) You have no need for a hot water bottle, as the joys of a warm sleeping baby on your chest are infinite.

…sound familiar?

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  • Jodie

    October 27, 2014 at 8:10 am

    #9 happened to me on Saturday. It was upsetting.

  • Keri-Anne

    October 27, 2014 at 10:55 am

    Oh yes! I remember all of these! Love number 5 😉 HAHA x

  • Lia : Tangerine Canteen

    October 27, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Hahaha, yes!! We were talking about number 4 yesterday actually – I lived on a complex with number 1 and on the fourth floor to boot. I’d dread the postman on a daily basis!!

  • Globalmouse

    October 27, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    oooh yes, sounds so familiar…all of it!! Especially the doorbell one, so annoying!!

  • laura

    October 27, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    Arrr this brings back memorises! I love your insights, the ups and downs, thanks for being honest x

  • Fiona

    October 27, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    Ha! Oh no, do the old ladies still comment even though you’re clearly a seasoned expert by now? Gah, I hate those pesky old busy bodies. Hope you’re settling into the swing of the newborn days again 😀 xx

  • Vi

    October 28, 2014 at 4:17 am

    So familiar it took postman 3 weeks to figure out banging on the window waving only resulted in either me waving back leaving him all the more flustered or witnessing what can only be described as milk fountains. 😉

  • Milly Sell

    October 28, 2014 at 9:53 am

    yes … #2 is a classic … no poo creates a bigger baby smile than the one straight after Ive finished changing the last nappy!

  • Jess @ Along Came Cherry

    October 28, 2014 at 7:10 pm

    I miss tI iss the sleeping baby on my chest, I’ve been realy broody lately! x

  • fritha

    October 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    haha I remember when our friend came round a week or so in and my boobs were leaking and I didn’t notice until he left, I was wearing grey marl! x

  • Laura

    October 28, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    So true! I’d also add one more – your baby will always throw up all over you when you’re just about to head out for a lunch/play date with friends, especially if you’re already running late.

  • Adele @ Circus Queen

    October 29, 2014 at 1:05 am

    LOVED this list. You forget so quickly. All this was only 8 months ago AND it was the second time AND I’ve still forgotten it all. I only vaguely remember the horror show bleeding from after Talitha’s birth yet I still managed to forget maternity pads (?!!!) with Ophelia!

  • shirley

    October 29, 2014 at 11:40 am

    i remember getting everyone ready to go out and baby puking all over me,my hair etc making me have2rush getting ready2nd time and ending up in old clothes and feelung a mess

  • Gabi

    November 30, 2014 at 11:47 pm

    I’m not a mum but it all sounds lovely to me =P

    Love reading your blog S2

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  • eleni

    May 15, 2015 at 11:13 am

    I love this! I remember how organised I was before sitting down to breastfeed Georgie. I would prepare a bottle of water, snacks and of course the remote control and would not move for anyone or anything.
    This post actually reminds me of a similar one I wrote. It’s called 20 life changes that come with a baby. I think you’ll like and appreciate it.

    1. gillian

      May 21, 2015 at 9:53 pm

      Oh this sounds great, I’m bookmarking for tonight’s feeds x

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