Having a baby is a big deal. It changes everything and no one can be completely, 100 percent, full-on prepared for what it's going to be like when you bring your new addition home from the hospital. Parenting a newborn is hard under any circumstances, but parenting after a c-section comes with a unique set of struggles, all its own.
When my son was born, we had just moved to a new town and had no local friends and our closest family was over an hour away. My husband wasn't able to take much paternity leave so, after a week or so, I was on my own. Every meal, every load of laundry, every trip to the grocery store; it was all me. While I knew things would be different, I had no idea just how difficult it would be.
I had to figure it all out pretty much by myself. I didn't have anyone to help me change diapers or carry the laundry basket, and I had to come up with some pretty unique solutions (just toss the laundry over the railing and let it land in a pile right beside the washer! BRILLIANT.) and deal with some pretty painful situations. Thankfully, by the time I had a handle on it my incision was all healed up and the simple things were a lot more manageable. However, knowing about the following struggles associated with parenting after a c-section would have definitely been beneficial.