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Sunday, July 10, 2011

interview with a new mom - Melissa L.

Thanks to new mom, Melissa L., Heather's older sister, for answering these questions on what her experience as a new mother has been like. Her daughter, Abigail, was born in December. Such a cutie! In the picture above we are standing together at Melissa's baby shower last summer. So pretty pregnant!

1. What do you wish someone had told you before you had a baby?
Everyone always says how you will be so tired. Yes, you are tired, but it's a different kind of tired. You're tired but when you get up you forget because the baby is so cute and worth it. Also, that it's okay if you can't breastfeed (actually I did have a friend who told me this who had just gone through it....thank goodness she did). Babies do fine with formula, most of us were raised on it!

2. What is the best part about being a new mom?
It is so much fun! It's never boring.

3. What is the one thing you never expected to feel so much of after having a baby?
Never thought you would love someone so much

4. What has surprised you about how cool and great of a mom you are?
Am I cool? I'm relaxed about everything....just go with the flow. Can't let the small things bother you.
5. What are 3 registry must-haves that you can't live without and all new moms and babies should have?
Swing, video monitor, a good stroller

6. What is your advice for the new mom-to-be for pregnancy?
Don't worry about how your body looks!! The baby needs you to eat!

7. What is your advice for her for when baby arrives?
Sleep when the baby sleeps. Don't worry about small things.

8. Any good books or Web sites you are in favor of, related to moms, pregnancy, babies, etc.?
Nothing in particular. I just google EVERYTHING. What did mom's do without google?

9. What was the hardest thing to get used to when you brought baby home?
A new routine. Lack of sleep. The fact you can't easily run out like you could before. Now you have to pack up baby. You'll be amazed how far you will drive for a drive through Starbucks!

10. What is your advice for getting through the labor?
Well, since I did it for 3 days, just go minute by minute. It's all worth it in the end. Especially since she doesn't know what she's having...I think that makes it super exciting!

11. What helped you survive pregnancy ups and downs?
I had a good pregnancy; can't complain about too much. I did measure too big one visit and they made me do an ultrasound to make sure everything was ok. Of course I freaked out and it ended up being fine. I would just say to not freak over stuff like that. Most of the time it's nothing.

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