From the moment I found out I was pregnant, I started to assemble a picture in my mind of what labor, delivery, and new motherhood would be like. I envisioned everything going smoothly, then spending my first few hours as a mom laying comfortably in a bed with my baby. Yeah, my first postpartum hours were nothing like I fantasized, and I know I can’t be the only one whose dreams about motherhood were crushed in the first 24 hours, right?
I was on bed rest for a good portion of my pregnancy with my son, so I had a lot of time to spend daydreaming about the exact moment I’d finally meet my baby. I had seen so many friends share photos of the first moment they held their offspring, so it was all I could focus on. Sadly, however, I did not get that same experience.
My son and I were separated just seconds after he was born. He was whisked to the NICU and I was sent to an operating room to finish up my stitches. I didn’t want any visitors, though one friend did pass by with a cake (which I was grateful for). The cute gown I’d bought to wear postpartum got stained with blood. Everything was, well, a mess. Even if your situation wasn’t as extreme as mine, though, there’s a chance your ideal first day as a mom wasn’t exactly up to snuff, either. The good news? The real deal will might be a tad more difficult than you imagined, but it's going to be infinitely more amazing than you could have possibly imagined, too.