It’s true what they say; bringing home a baby can be a magical, life-changing experience. It can also be one of the hottest messes of your entire life. If your experience is anything like mine, it’ll be a little bit of both. Thankfully, most of my friends and loved ones were sympathetic to the insanity we were experiencing and totally understanding. I quickly learned that there are things you get away with when you have a baby that, under most circumstances, would probably raise a few eyebrows (or sound a few alarms).
I can laugh about many of these now, but at the time they didn’t exactly seem funny. I mean some things were, like the mismatched maternity pants and pajama shirts I passed off as clothes, but for the most part it all felt mostly it felt dire. Thehealth and well-being of this tiny new person depended on me getting my act together, and something as simple as "getting my act together" felt insurmountable thanks to sleep deprivation, postpartum recovery, and unrelenting exhaustion.
I don’t remember any key moments or big milestones where things finally seemed to click but slowly, over time, my partner and I got the hang of things. Still, I’m thankful to the people in our various circles for being so understanding and accommodating as we got our lives back in order, and for allowing us to get away with the following: