I cannot believe it has been six weeks since I gave birth. It only feels like yesterday that I was heavily pregnant and bouncing on an exercise ball trying to bring on labour! And at the same time I honestly can't remember life without my little princess.
The first six weeks have been incredible. It's been exhausting, but also the best six weeks of my life.
I've learnt A LOT!
1. How to manage exhaustion
Somehow you just manage, I'm not sure how, but you do. I haven't slept more than 3.5 hours in one go in 6 weeks!!!
I've learnt that you just manage.
2. The sleep schedule. What sleep schedule?
Ayla certainly doesn't sleep at the same time each day, in fact some days she barely sleeps at all. This means I usually can't plan anything. Some days I'm up & showered and out of the house at 8 ... Other days, I don't leave the house and I'm covered in vomit.
I've learnt that there is no sleep schedule.
3. Time management
When she IS asleep I have learnt to master my time!!
I'm actually amazed at how much housework I can get done in an hour! A quick shower (and I mean quick!) Washing, vacuuming, ironing - she usually wakes up just as I'm about to hang the washing out though.
Sometimes I even manage to make lunch AND eat it!
I've learnt that time management now means getting stuff done as quick as humanly possible.
Still the best invention of all time.
It gets me through all of the above.
I've not learnt anything new here - coffee has always been my favourite thing.
(Don't worry I only have one or two a day and I never get to drink it all anyway)
5. Be prepared?
No matter how organised we are when it comes to planning a trip outside of the house, guarantee I have to feed and change her at the most unexpected time and in the most awkward location.
I've learnt that You can never be fully prepared!
6. Smiles make everything better
Ayla started smiling at about 5/6 weeks, and it literally melted my heart. It is the BEST feeling in the world seeing your baby smile back at you. There is literally nothing else in the world that brings as much joy as knowing that your baby recognises you and is happy and healthy.
I've learnt that smiles really do make everything better.
Overall, I've learnt that being a mum is the hardest job in the world.
I've also learnt that it is the best job in the world.