Q: Tell us about your arrival in Germany
A: I moved to Germany with my dear husband when I was 3 months pregnant. I could not speak any german back then but I was planning on taking classes, not knowing what was coming... Eventually, I did not manage to learn any German at all :D. I realized that becoming a mom was just so much bigger than moving to Germany, it took over all the excitement and everything else!
Q: How was your labor. Did it go as planned?
A: My husband was such a big help! He set up all the pregnancy check and hospital appointments. In the end, we were relatively prepared and my birth was quite smooth. I was so lucky that it went all naturally and smoothly without any medical support. We even got the same doctor and midwife for the whole period staying in the hospital and they all spoke English, just so that you know how lucky we were!
Q: What was the best and hardest thing in the first week?
A: So the hardest thing was unsurprisingly Sleep… I had a rough time coping with my new sleep schedule, the constant demands of motherhood, high dose of hormones, and the endless analysis of everything I was doing for my lovely baby.
But we could not care less about Sleep at that point. We were so filled with love, so busy in our little bubble, and left the complete world behind. Seeing my baby, hold him, smell him, and love him was just everything to us. I guess this is the very same for all parents.
Q: Give us a few breastfeeding tips!
A: We initially got a lot of tips from both grandmas but they were too much, too different, and never lined up! So we turned to our midwife for help! Every time she came, we just had hundreds of questions written down upfront to ask. Needless to say, I had quite a tough experience with breastfeeding. What got me through, though, was my own decision to get over it at some point, that was such a relief!
Q: What is the #1 baby item you can’t live without?
A: It is really funny but it is my Yoga Ball. I had it for training already before my birth, totally love it and have been using it ever since. It was great not only for me but also for my husband to bounce our boy. He loves it! It was such an easy thing to do, just having our boy in our arms and bouncing a little bit, there you go, sleeping in no time! My husband could even watch football matches while bouncing him.
Q: What is the funniest thing that has happened to date?
A: Haha this story I think only parents would understand. It was when my son was 3-4 days old. We just came back from the hospital. It was the first time my husband changed him. I remember hearing him through the wall: Honey, it is really weird, every time I clean the butt off, there is just more coming out. I was running to the room just trying to give a helping hand. And then suddenly a rainbow coming out!!! We were both laughing so badly.
Q: If you could tell an “about-to-be first-time mom” something, what would it be?
A: I would say, “Calm parents, Calm kids”. It is true! Although it is so difficult, I am a true believer that it will work once you keep trying.