There wasn't a single part of my pre-baby mind that could've adequately comprehended just how taxing that first year of my baby's life would be. I tried to prepare myself as best as possible, reading and researching and asking all the necessary questions, which was both a smart move and somewhat of a hinderance. Turns out, there are things everyone thinks happens during your baby's first year, but don't, so not everything you're "warned" about comes to fruition. Those first 12 months, for me, were a real testament to how patient, resilient, and forgiving I was (and how much I'd have to work on being more of those things).
The first year of my daughter's life can best be described as a hard wake-up call. Not only was my vision of postpartum and newborn life horrifically false, but being a mom was really hard. Who knew?! I planned on laying in a flowery meadow with my babe cradled in my arm (breastfeeding, obviously), and feeling well-rested with no obvious bags beneath my eyes. I assumed I'd feel gloriously like myself and, as a result, I'd get to tell everyone that having a baby was no big deal. Yeah, none of that happened. Like, at all.
That scary first year, while an amazing experience, has a huge learning curve. What I thought I knew turned out to be false, and what I figured would happened turned out to be some alternate reality other parents seemed to be experiencing. With that, here's some other things people think happen through those first months of newborn life that they're completely wrong about, for better or worse.