To all you brand new moms out there:
I have one thing to say to you, and one thing only. But it’s important, so pay attention.
Are you listening? Then here it is. No matter what you’re thinking or how you’re feeling, it’s okay.
Really. It’s okay.
It’s okay to feel ridiculously overwhelmed, and to be unsure if you can get through the next 24 minutes, never mind 24 hours.
It’s okay to look at your baby and be blown away by the fact that this wondrous little creature actually came out of you (also, how did she ever fit in there?).
It’s okay to wonder why no one ever told you how hard breastfeeding is and to sometimes feel like giving up (it’s even okay to give up, if you need to).
It’s okay to think that those little baby burps are the cutest. noises. ever.
It’s okay to look down at your still pregnant-looking stomach and think about indulging in some do-it-yourself liposuction.
It’s okay to change your baby’s clothes twelve times a day because she just looks so darn cute.
It’s okay to feel like murdering your husband when the baby starts screaming at 3 a.m. and he just rolls over, putting the pillow over his head to block out the noise.
It’s okay to be absolutely terrified to cut your baby’s nails (I recommend just chewing them off).
It’s okay to wish your baby would hurry up and learn how to talk because trying to interpret his screams is getting old.
It’s okay to feel like snatching your baby back every time someone takes her from you.
It’s okay to wish someone was around to take the baby away from you.
It’s okay to feel sad, angry, overjoyed, bewildered, overwhelmed, terrified…even all at the same time.
Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you’re thinking, it’s okay.
You’re doing your best, and that’s all your baby asks. And as for the rest of the world? Well, feel free to tell the rest of the world where it can go.
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