From the moment we find out we're going to be Mamas, we start reading up on what to expect. We browse books, magazines, and websites; we poll our friends and family; we make plans and schedules and know exactly how we will do things once the baby arrives. We will be wonderfully prepared and adept parents. We will know how to handle anything thrown at us.
Heh. Heh. Heh.
Then the baby actually arrives.
What was that we read? What was our plan in this situation? WHY ISN'T THIS WORKING?!
The truth, as any Mama will tell you, is that no one can really be fully prepared for Mamahood. It is something that we have to, in many ways, figure out for ourselves. Every baby is different; every parent is different; and every day is different. We are all constantly in training, I'm afraid.
Don't get me wrong. It's a very good thing to read the books and talk to your friends and make plans and schedules. Just know that babies are particularly good at not doing things by the book, which isn't surprising, since they can't read.
The Stuff Mamas Like Motto: Be prepared to improvise.
Question for you: Did you feel prepared for your first baby? What surprises were thrown at you once he/she arrived?