The first month with a new baby is one of the most emotionally charged times of a mom's life. Between hormones and the learning curve of taking care of a newborn, it can be as stressful as it is amazing. Thankfully, most newborns are pretty similar. They sleep, they eat, they cry, they poop, and that's about it. They are so similar, in fact, that I'm pretty confident in saying there are things that are bound to happen during your baby's first month of life, even though every parent and every baby is undeniably different.
When my older son was brand new, we were in a new town, far from friends and family and my husband was working 12 and 13 hour days. I was alone with my son from the time we woke up until mid-to-late evening. Every. Single. Day. I felt wholly unprepared to care for a newborn and had no idea what I was doing. I had no real support system outside of Facebook and the online friends and groups it had to offer me, and I spent the majority of my time over-analyzing every single situation as a new mom. I was the textbook definition of hyper-vigilant and I had no idea that all the things I was doing and thinking were completely normal. Instead, I thought I had lost my freakin' mind.
Turns out, most (read: all) new moms are completely puzzled by their newborns and their new lives as parents. So, if you find yourself doing the following things during your baby's first month of life, please know that you're normal. You're probably sleep-deprived, unsure, and exhausted, but you're definitely normal.