For me, the newborn months were marked by sleep deprivation, snuggles, and spending time on the internet when I probably should have been sleeping. I mean, what else is a tired mom to do when she's feeding a baby several times a night? Unfortunately, it turned out that trying to navigate the internet on very little sleep was a pretty bad idea. There are so many bad decisions I made online when I was postpartum, tired, depressed, and kind of a little bored.
Many of my mistakes are, not surprisingly, related to online shopping. I bought baby items we didn't need, skin care products to help with pregnancy spots and stretch marks, and even some really bizarre and random things when I fell asleep on my phone. Fortunately for me, the kind folks at Target and Amazon were pretty helpful when it came to making returns.
Other bad online mistakes included posting way too much information and somehow forgetting that literally no one wants to see pictures of my baby's poop or diaper rash or wants to hear about my bleeding nipples or infected incision. And, if they do, that's sort of creepy and probably not a conversation I want to facilitate. Apparently sleep deprivation seriously impacted my brain's ability to sort information into appropriate categories like, "things I want my co-workers to know about," and "things that not even my husband wants to know," resulting in some pretty gross posts. Then there were the online debates, you guys. Hormonal, postpartum me definitely shouldn't get into online debates. Ever.
So if you're postpartum, sleep-deprived, still healing from childbirth, and staring at your phone and/or computer like it's your saving grace, just stop. Take it from me, and the following mistakes I made postpartum: you do not want to go there. Nope.