All eyes were on new mum Meghan Markle when she made her first public appearance on May 8 after giving birth to her first child.
The Duchess of Sussex is currently revelling in that new mum bubble and she is simply bursting with joy.
We all know the early days ain’t easy. The post-birth pain, the sleepless nights and the crying (both yours and your baby’s) can leave you feeling zapped of energy, but isn’t it worth it all when you cuddle up to your tiny tot?
There are so many incredible things about being a new mum that we often forget about, especially when our kiddos are all grown up so we thought we’d rally up the top things about being a new mum to share with you expectant-mums. Trust us, there’s so much to look forward to.
1: The never-ending cuddles
Baby soon becomes your cuddle buddy forever. The first time the midwife hands your baby to you is a moment you’ll treasure forever. Snuggling your little one and wrapping your arms around them is one of the best feelings ever. The way they grip your finger and snooze away on your chest will melt your heart.
2: Your new role as mama
We will have many roles throughout our years on this planet. Sister, pupil, babysitter, shop assistant, teacher, aunty, best friend, nurse, charity worker, tea-drinker and now you can add mammy to that list. The sense of responsibility and love that comes with being a mum gives you the ultimate confidence boost, as well as a heap of determination that will push you to give your little one the best life from day one.
3: Witnessing their milestones
We often forget just how many milestones we go through during our younger years. Luckily, you’ll be there to witness every one of your darling daughter or son’s milestones. The first word, first step, first bath, first day in school, first love, first day at college. The list never ends.
4: Your perspective changes
When you welcome a baby into your life you realise that the world doesn’t revolve around you. Not only do you have to worry about yourself, but you are also responsible for this adorable little thing too. When you become a mum your perspective on life changes and you focus on what really matters- your family. It helps you ignore the little, every-day problems that used to get you down and focus on what life is really all about.
5: That newborn smell
Isn’t it the greatest smell ever? Forget about the smell of roses, freshly ground coffee or your favourite perfume. That newborn smell is second to none. We can’t help but sniff our little one’s head when we’re cradling them.
6: Your nearest and dearest
Becoming a mum is one of the biggest moments in your life. Your world completely changes when you welcome a child into your family. There are many things you’ll miss about your old life like showering in peace and being blissfully unaware of Peppa Pig (why do they love it so much?) but becoming a mum will show you who your true friends are.
You’ll realise who is worth your time, effort and love and they’re the people who will offer to make you a toastie after a stressful day and accompany you on trips to the local playground.