ADVICE THAT MAY MAKE ME SOUND LIKE A BAD MOM BUT THAT MAY ALSO MAKE YOUR LIFE BETTER WITH A NEWBORN

I have no business giving advice. Yet here I am. I have a newborn. It's been awesome and awful. I wouldn't trade it for the world.
  1. Perfectly ok to not shower for days.
  2. Perfectly ok to not bathe the baby until they smell.
  3. Perfectly ok to eat Nutella for like three meals in a row.
  4. Perfectly ok to cry because you're tired/overwhelmed/because your ass still hurts from birth/because breastfeeding hurts/because you're not sure you can do this/because.
  5. Perfectly ok to miss your old life and to wish you had it back.
  6. Perfectly ok to stare at your baby instead of sleeping because you're so obsessed.
  7. Perfectly ok to let your baby sleep on your chest because IT'S THE ONLY WAY.
  8. Perfectly ok to have nothing to talk about bc you have not left the house in a month and your only Internet activity has been to find out about baby's poo, eating, or sleeping habits.
  9. Perfectly ok to drink a beer. One beer will not hurt your baby.
  10. Perfectly ok to pump and bottle feed or to do formula. Your love and bond with your baby are bigger than a tit, and if you're in extreme pain, do NOT let mommy forums, lactation consultants or relatives make you feel inadequate because you went bottle. Fuck that. Your baby deserves a happy and balanced mom with still-attached nipples.
  11. Perfectly ok to love your new life and hate your new life at the same time.
  12. Perfectly ok to not do the dishes.
  13. Perfectly ok to put on mascara the first time you get to go to c-town because YOU ARE OUT OF THE HOUSE.
  14. Perfectly ok to forgive yourself a lot. And be as kind to you as you are to your baby.
  15. Perfectly ok to tell me to fuck off and come up with your own advice.