I'm sad to say that, after I gave birth, my hospital stay was less than ideal. A very unpleasant nurse, some initial breastfeeding problems, and sharing a room with a noisy couple that had visitors at all hours of the day, left me more than anxious to leave. So, after signing some papers, we were back in our home less than 36 hours after my son arrived. That's when I quickly discovered the things that happen during your baby's first day at home; things that are almost impossible to prepare for until you're standing in your living room, holding the brand new human being you're now responsible for.
We had visitors from the UK at our house when I went into labor. In fact both sets of new grandparents were in town, so we had quite the full house when it was "go time." Thankfully, when we brought our new baby home for the very first time, they all went out together and left my now family of three alone, so we could grow accustomed to our new "normal." I remember closing the door behind our beloved family members, and then having a little cry (because I do that and postpartum hormones are the real deal). Then my partner and I just stared at this little person we had made, in absolute amazement and delight that he was finally in the world.
The next three months passed by in a bit of a blur, but I remember that first night as if it was yesterday. While every baby, every parent, and every "first night at home" situation is going to be different, I'd say there are a few universal truths you could stand to prepare yourself for, including the following: