Most articles focus on what to expect during pregnancy, labor, and your postpartum recovery. And even though it's incredibly important to know what will happen before and during your labor, there is less information readily available about the things that happen after your baby is discharged from the hospital. It's strange too, because that's when things get real.
I remember leaving the hospital after giving birth to my first daughter and thinking to myself, "This is it. Now she's all my responsibility." What happens if I forget how to breastfeed? How do I even give her a bath? What if I can't get her to sleep? These questions and more can make life at home with a newborn a pretty nerve racking time.
Eventually, as with all things, you'll develop your own rhythm and figure out how to do "mom things" all by yourself (which feels pretty darn great, I should point out).
In the meantime though, if you're struggling to have confidence in your abilities or knowledge, be patient with yourself. Even motherhood has as adjustment period, believe it or not. You and your baby will learn right along with each other and it's as difficult a process as it is a beautiful one.
Knowing what to expect once you're home, despite the stress, can be a lifesaver. The things on this list are fairly universal first time mom experiences that are, in their own way, a rite of passage into motherhood.