Age 28+ First Time Mom's: How hard is it really?!

posted 2 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How difficult were the first 6 months of a new baby?
    Traumatic : (10 votes)
    18 %
    Terrible, but after that was okay : (9 votes)
    16 %
    Physically challenging, but e : (6 votes)
    11 %
    It really wasn't bad, I was just sleepy! : (31 votes)
    55 %
  • Post # 31
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    3204 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2015

    TwilightRarity :  yes this! 

    My baby is 2 months. He is a terrible sleeper. I hear so many stories of babies his age sleeping 5, 6, 8 hours in a row and get so disheartened. He sleeps 3 in a row if we’re lucky and takes an hour to get back to sleep so between 8:30 and 7 we get…well you do the math. I’m finally starting to get used to running on empty all day every day, but sitting awake nursing at 4 am is still really hard. 

    My baby won’t let us sit him down either. I still shower and eat but he screams while I do it. 

    And breastfeeding is the hardest thing I’ve ever done mentally in my life. Baby latched great from the start so no physical issues, but he eats so much (still). People ask what my BFing goal is and honestly it’s just to make it to the next feeding. 

    That said it is worth it. I love my baby and couldn’t imagine life without him. And from the sounds of this thread my experience isn’t quite the norm so hopefully your baby will be a little easier than mine. 

    Post # 32
    Member
    1388 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I was 31 when my first child was born.

    I’m 7 months PP and it’s been better the last couple of months. I have/had PPD – I was also in denial even though I knew how and who to get help from. I actually didn’t get help till 5months PP because I kept telling myself everything was fine. 

    The first month was hell with no sleep and breastfeeding – I was extremely anxious as well. Breastfeeding was the hardest thing in the entire world and we ended up supplimenting because it was making me depressed. 

    Overall, I have an easy baby – never fussy, always happy so that made me feel worse for feeling the way I did – my mental health was shot. Mom guilt was real during that time.

    Body image suffered a lot, but finally losing weight on PPD meds. I was always skinny and fit before getting pregant so I hated how I looked post pregnancy.  

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