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Challenge: Bringing Home Baby: What Do You Wish You’d Known?

What I wish I would have known

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I wish that I would have went into those first months not expecting so many things.  I expected to breast feed but that didn't work out even after many consultations with lactation consultants, herbal supplements, and sleepless nights and days.  I expected that my baby would sleep alone in her cradle, and love it, and that definitely didn't happen.  I expected that I would LOVE maternity leave, and I didn't.  I spent many days out of those first 2 months crying because things were not going as I expected.  Once I finally let go of all those expectations, and dealt with each day as it came, we were all a much happier family!  Your baby will sleep eventually, and weather you breastfeed or formula feed your baby will still get what he or she needs, and you shouldn't feel like a failure if it doesn't work out.  I spent those first two months wanting my baby to grow up too fast, "get past 4 months and maybe she won't have colic", "Can't wait til she can talk so she can tell me what is wrong", etc.  Now I just want time to slow down.

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