I wouldn't exactly describe postpartum life as "wonderful." Emotionally I was a wreck, physically I was broken, and I spent the majority of my time feeling uncertain, unsure, inexperienced, scared, worried, and exhausted. I didn't know what I was doing or what the next step should be. I was afraid to take my eyes off the baby and I was worried I would accidentally hurt her. Thankfully, however, there are some new mom moments that leave you feeling like a rock star, and hanging onto those moments allowed me to make it through the tough stuff and gain some confidence in the process. Postpartum is a strange time for the whole family. New parents are treading the waters of a huge change and both parents are figuring out how to relate to each other on a whole new level. It's a time of discovery and learning and a lot of misplaced emotions, so trust me when I say every new parent should celebrate the wins when they can.
When I had my daughter I was a legitimate mess. She was born with jaundice and the doctors said her bilirubin levels were way too high. Immediately after we came home from the hospital we were sent to the emergency room to get her levels under control. What followed were 24 hours of hell. When we finally came home for good, more "fun" ensued. My newborn daughter refused to nurse, and I couldn't figure out how to make her latch. She screamed from one morning into the next, never seeming to take a break or give her very healthy lungs a rest. My partner and I were exhausted, irritated, and completely thrown by everything that was happening. So, yes, postpartum life was definitely an adjustment.
Eventually things just fell into place, as they tend to do. My partner and I learned how to soothe our baby, I stopped trying to breastfeed and started pumping, and her jaundice dissipated. Eventually my life as a brand new, sleep deprived mom felt like the new norm, and certain moments even became worthy of celebration.