Post # 1
What have you learned so far you didn’t know before since getting pregnant or having a baby?
Here’s some of mine, I’m sure there’s many more I can’t think of right now off the top of my head:
I never knew there were multiple holes in the boob milk came out of, I thought there was just one.
I didn’t know you had to pull the ruffles out around the legs of the diaper. Had several big leaks before I realized that, I was getting frustrated wondering how I was failing at properly diapering my baby.
Another diaper one: I never thought to put the new diaper under the old one before removing the old one. I’ve been removing the old one, then placing the new one under him. I saw a mother doing the prior thing this week, and thought “wow, what a great idea!”.
I never knew I would bleed for weeks after giving birth. I thought everything came out during the birth. (Blah, I hate wearing pads!)
I never knew babies made so many sounds. I’m the youngest in my family, and when my neice and nephew were born they lived halfway across the country, so I haven’t had much baby experience. I never knew they grunted, squeaked, etc.
Post # 3
@abbyful: Oooh, this is a great thread! I’m interested to see what other people say as well 🙂
Also, I wanted to say I read your birth story since I’m contemplating a med-free birth and I’ve been met with some skepticism from my mom about it. Thanks for sharing it- you’ve helped give me a little more confidence (which may or may not go out of the window with the first contraction!)
Post # 4
Great thread! Commenting just to follow =) I just learned that the milk came out of multiple holes too and that nipple has to hit the top of baby’s mouth for the sucking to work! Amazing!
Post # 5
i did not know that when your water broke it DOESN”T STOP. OMG I was so pissed at that. I was gushing for hours and hours.
also my boobs leaking for 6 moths while I nursed threw me for a loop and also when my milk came in a few days after she was born I thought I was dying, had a fever, and called the hospital. They were like, um that is your milk dumbass.
Post # 6
@flamingred – LOL, don’t feel bad! I freaked out and called the hospital’s lactation consultant when I burped DS and a drop of milk ran out of his nose the first day we were home. And my sister, when she had her first baby, took her to the ER the first time she had a “real” poop because it was different than the previous meconium poops; they were like “um, that’s just normal baby poop…”.
Post # 7
@flamingred: Didn’t know that about your water either!
Post # 8
I didn’t know that the pads they give you post partum at the hospital are actually bigger than the baby you just gave birth to. My friend showed them to me when I visited her at the hospital. Holy cow!
Post # 9
This is a great thread. I know next to nothing about babies & giving birth so it’s ALL new to me!
Post # 10
I have a toddler and I just learned yesterday that you should never play with your child by swinging them from their arms (like when two parents walk down the street with their child in between them and they let them swing in the middle) because it can dislocate their elbows! Ouch!
Post # 11
oh good, this is good. I was just recovering from that post-birth thread a while back and starting to think that baby niece is so cute and wouldn’t I like to have one……..
……..inklings of baby fever killed again!
Post # 12
Babies fart a lot. Or maybe it’s just mine…but he farts all.the.time.
And burps, grunts, squeals, and makes all sorts of other noises. I never realized babies were so vocal.
Baby nails grow super fast.
Breastfed poop smells like sour cream (to me, anyway).
Babies can pee every 20 minutes.
If you change their diaper they will inevitably and immediately pee or poop in the new one.
Baby boys can get erections (okay, I knew this one, but DH didn’t, and it was really funny to see his horrified face the first time it happened).
If you don’t pay attention when changing a poop diaper, your LO will manage to get poop on his hands and feet, and then you. And you might not notice until hours later when you’re out to dinner with your SO and he starts laughing at the baby poop in your cleavage.
Post # 13
Great thread! I love the internet right now. It is nice to be able to learn these things no one ever talks about!
Post # 14
That everytime change a diaper at age of 1 little boy needs to play with his penis or he wants to roll over and crawal way half naked/ no diaper! Wrestling match just to get the diaper back on!
Post # 15
I never knew you would wake up one day with Pamela Anderson boobs…. and to think she paied for hers.
I never knew you should begin putting cocoa butter on your thighs and hind parts early…(oh yeah and that stretch marks could show up there) **looking at stomach and shoulda looked a lil bit lower.
I never knew I could sleep this much.
Six meals a day is a whole lot better than 3 a day.
Post # 16
Never been pregnant myself . . . but I did recently learn that newborn girls will sometimes get their first period in the few days after birth. Makes sense if you think about it — but, really?