10 things I learned after giving birth

Things I learned after giving birth

Here, I wanted to catalogue the 10 major things I learned after giving birth. When I was pregnant, I made sure that I attempted to have the best pregnancy I could for my little guy sucking his thumb in-utero.  I ate the right things (except for the occasional biscotti or a double chocolate muffin – no wonder Baby Mermy has such a sweet tooth!), aimed to exercise at least 4 times a week, and walked almost every day (the summer months made it particularly trying).  Through it all, I also attempted to read up on what was going to happen once Baby Mermy made his grand entrance into this chaotic world.  However, there are some things you just won’t know, understand, or accept until you go through it, regardless of how much you have read or researched.

 

These are some of the things that I learned after giving birth.  Some I was aware of, but still unprepared for, and others I simply did not know.   I hope that my experiences help you in your mama-journey even if your experiences are quite different from mine.

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My birth story

I thought it appropriate that before delving further into this blog, I briefly recount my, or shall I say Baby Mermy’s, birth story.  Let me start by noting that, in order to protect the privacy of my little one, I will not be posting Baby Mermy’s pictures.  This is not to say that those who do post pictures of their babies are doing anything harmful or wrong; this is simply my take on the matter.

 

In all conversations and thoughts of having a baby, I always said I wanted a natural birth because that’s the way my mom did it.  My mom has always been my role model for the type of parent I wished to be; therefore, it was only natural that I wished to emulate her birth plan too.  Where I deviated from her was in wanting a home birth.  I’m petrified of hospitals and have always associated them with places where things go wrong.  For me, pregnancy and labour are not things that require medical attention; instead, I view them as a natural part of life.  Believing this, I signed up for, and was appointed, a midwife and planned my labour to be at home.

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A new beginning as a mama

New journey

Who am I
Not to sound too existential, but I have often wondered what I’m meant to do with my life.  I have both a Hon. BA and a MA, and a passion for holistic nutrition.  I could go in any number of directions, and I have, but none have brought me that hit-you-in-the-gut joy that I believe we are meant to get from life.  When my son (hereon in referred to as Baby Mermy) was born, everything changed.  Today, I can confidently say that I am meant to be a mom,  It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, and hey, that’s all right, but I am a new, proud, happily tired mom. Baby Mermy, gives me such immense joy that I cannot put it into words.  I know, I’m on a blog where I must write and I cannot put into words the joy my son brings to me.  Suffice to say, it’s all encompassing and flows through my body like an electric charge.  It’s alive and invigorating and makes the world a wondrous place to be in.
I am also a stay-at-home mom.  Yes, it is by choice.  No, I’m not concerned about career advancements, etc.  This is the life that I have willingly and, more importantly, contently chosen for myself.  Too often, I catch myself defending my decision to be a stay-at-home mom, but I have realized that I need not explain myself.  Much as in the same way I don’t challenge those who return to work, my decision to stay at home with my child should be left unchallenged.  That’s it on this topic.

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