30 hilarious + eye-opening truths about the 4th trimester 😳

19. Babies grunt a lot! And loudly. They make lots of tiny noises. And they are really adorable.

30 hilarious + eye-opening truths about the 4th trimester 😳

We kind of know what we're getting into when we find out we're pregnant. We know we're going to have to pee a lot, we figure our hormones will have us riding a roller coaster of highs (OMG the baby kicked!) and lows (*sobbing* WHY DID YOU THROW OUT THE COOKIE DOUGH????).

We get the fact that we'll be gaining weight and we've heard about some of the trimester-specific unpleasantries (morning sickness, migraines, hemorrhoids, to name a few.) Those three trimesters of pregnancy are transformative, enlightening and eye-opening.

You know what else is eye-opening?

The fourth trimester.

Yes—there is one more sneaky trimester in there. Those first three months of your baby's life are basically a hibernation period. You guys are getting to know each other. You're figuring out how to care for your baby. And there's a lot of learning to do.

We chatted here at Motherly about the strangest and funniest things that happened to us during the 4th trimester. Here are some truths about that #newmomlife.

1. You are now one with the mesh underwear that the hospital gave you, and you want to live in them for the rest of your life.

2. The spray bottle process you have to go through after going to the bathroom is kind of ridiculous and genius at the same time.

3. We all cried. Over a lot of random things. Pampers commercials, the last cookie, and the fact that your baby doesn't need newborn size diapers anymore.

4. You've gotten poop on you. More than once? Yes. Us, too. ?

5. Yoga pants are life—and if we must emerge from our cocoon, it will be in those beautiful black stretchies.

6. There's quite a bit of bleeding that goes on, and a lot of us were totally unprepared for that.

7. Your boobs may feel like they've been injected with cement and all of a sudden it may seem quite reasonable to stuff your bra with cabbage leaves.

8. Waking up with "leak circles" on your nursing tank becomes the norm for a while. (It seems like there is always a wet spot on you somewhere!)

9. You may stress over the umbilical cord. This is normal. It feels strange, but I repeat—this is normal.

10. You quickly realize that your new sleep patterns don't involve a REM cycle so much as a wake-up-a-million-times-a-night-to-make-sure-they're-breathing cycle.

11. Oh, and a waking-up-another-million-times-to-feed-them cycle. ?

12. Conversations about the color of your baby's poop are now totally acceptable.

13. Not wanting to go outside with your baby because it feels scary is totally normal. And finally going out with your baby and feeling FREEEEE is also normal.

14. There will probably be a lot of pressure on that first date night out without the baby. You may have fun, you may cry because you miss the baby—but it's okay. Good for you guys for getting out—and it will get easier. We promise.

15. You will know you 'made it' as a mom after you've changed your first blowout diaper. It's kind of an, "Oh wow, this really does happen! It really can go all the way up their backs!" type moment. Find the humor in it, mama. Because you've officially joined the ranks.

16. There's a real art to dressing your postpartum body. There may be a sort of "I don't fit in my real clothes, but I also don't fit in my maternity clothes" phase. It's a strange but wonderful land where you can wear your pajamas all day or your husband's sweatpants or yoga pants—basically anything you feel comfortable in. You do you.

17. Your baby might want to nurse for 30 minutes on each breast every time she nurses. Sooo, fire up Netflix and binge watch some shows on the couch, guilt-free.

18. It's really an eye-opener to see how your nurses in the hospital handle your baby. You feel like they are these fragile little creatures, at first, but once you watch a nurse teach you how to swaddle your son you realize—wait—this little guy isn't so breakable after all.

19. Babies grunt a lot! And loudly. They make lots of tiny noises. And they are really adorable.

20. You may be confused and/or terrified of cradle cap. (You may also have a strong desire to pick it—but don't. Just...don't.)

21. A lot of us didn't realize that newborns get pimples. It's kind of fascinating.

22. It's incredible to watch people instantly soften when they see a newborn. They just light up. It'll make you feel connected to humanity in a whole new way.

23. You suddenly realize how noisy your neighborhood is when you're desperate for the baby to take a nap in the stroller. Car door slam. Shhhh. Lawnmower. Come onnn. Kids laughing and playing. Can you guys do that inside? ?

24. Same goes for when you're trying to get your baby to nap at home. If you live in a city—the bus going down the street. The sirens. The beeping. If you live in the suburbs—the FedEx guy ringing your bell. The leaf blowers. The creaky floorboards.

25. Newborn life will quickly show you that babywearing is the best thing ever.

26. If living in your robe all day every day is wrong...we don't want to be right. (Robes were basically made for the 4th trimester.)

27. The soft spot on their heads may freak you out, FYI!

28. That first time you do a jumping jack (or cough, or sneeze…) and realize, uh-oh...?

29. If you are breastfeeding, you may feel like you're living your life in three-hour increments. Okay, I fed the baby—now, I have T-1.5 hours to go do what I need to do before I have to come back and feed him again. Annnnd….GO.

30. This 4th trimester will show you just how amazing this newborn bubble is—all the ups and downs included—and even though you'll be ready to introduce yourself to civilization after the bubble pops, you'll miss this hibernation period. So allow yourself to soak it in.

The 4th trimester may technically end, but this safe space you and your baby have created to learn and grow in together never does. Welcome to motherhood.

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They transition seamlessly for indoor play.

With Labor day weekend in the rearview and back-to-school in full swing, most parents are fresh out of boxes to check on their "Fun Concierge" hit list. It's also the point of diminishing returns on investing in summer-only toys. So with that in mind, we've rounded up some of our favorite toys that are not only built to last but will easily make the transition from outdoor to indoor play. Even better, they're Montessori-friendly and largely open-ended so your kids can get a ton of use out of them.

From sunny backyard afternoons to rainy mornings stuck inside, these toys are sure to keep little ones engaged and entertained.

Meadow ring toss game

Plan Toys meadow ring toss game

Besides offering a fantastic opportunity to hone focus, coordination, determination and taking turns, lawn games are just plain fun. Set them up close together for the littles and spread them out when Mom and Dad get in on the action. With their low profile and rope rings, they're great for indoors as well.


Balance board

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Balance boards are a fabulous way to get the wiggles out. This one comes with a rope attachment, making it suitable for even the youngest wigglers. From practicing their balance and building core strength to working on skills that translate to skateboarding and snowboarding, it's a year-round physical activity that's easy to bring inside and use between Zoom classes, too!


Detective set

Plan Toys detective setDetective Set

This set has everything your little detective needs to solve whatever mystery they might encounter: an eye glasses, walkie-talkie, camera, a red lens, a periscope and a bag. Neighborhood watch? Watch out.


Wooden doll stroller

Janod wooden doll strollerWooden Doll Stroller

Take their charges on a stroll around the block with this classic doll stroller. With the same versatility they're used to in their own ride, this heirloom quality carriage allows their doll or stuffy to face them or face the world.


Sand play set

Plan Toys sand set

Whether you're hitting the beach or the backyard sandbox, this adorable wooden sand set is ready for action. Each scoop has an embossed pattern that's perfect for sand stamping. They're also totally suitable for water play in the wild or the bathtub.


Water play set

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Filled with sand or water, this tabletop sized activity set keeps little ones busy, quiet and happy. (A mama's ideal trifecta 😉). It's big enough to satisfy their play needs but not so big it's going to flood your floors if you bring the fun inside on a rainy day.


Mini golf set

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Vintage scooter balance bike

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Wooden rocking pegasus

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Croquet set

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The cutest croquet set we've ever seen! With adorable animal face wooden balls and a canvas bag for easy clean up, it's also crafted to stick around awhile. Round after round, it's great for teaching kiddos math and problem-solving skills as well.


Wooden digital camera

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Wooden bulldozer toy

plan toys wooden bulldozer toy

Whether they're digging up sand in the backyad or picking up toys inside, kids can get as creative as they want picking up and moving things around. Even better? Its wooden structure means it's not an eye sore to look at wherever your digger drops it.


Pull-along hippo

janod toys pull along hippo toy

There's just something so fun about a classic pull-along toy and we love that they seamlessly transition between indoor and outdoor play. Crafted from solid cherry and beechwood, it's tough enough to endure outdoor spaces your toddler takes it on.


Baby forest fox ride-on

janod toys baby fox ride on

Toddlers will love zooming around on this fox ride-on, and it's a great transition toy into traditional balance bikes. If you take it for a driveway adventure, simply use a damp cloth to wipe down the wheels before bringing back inside.


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As a mom, I say the phrase 'let me just…' to my kids more times a day than I can count.

Yes, I can help you log into your class, let me just send this email.
Yes, I can play with you, let me just make one more call.
Yes, I can get you a snack, let me just empty the dishwasher.

I say it a lot at work, too.

Yes, I can write that article, let me just clear my inbox.
Yes, I can clear my inbox, let me just finish this meeting.
Yes, I can attend that meeting, let me just get this project out the door.

The problem is that every 'let me just' is followed by another 'let me just'... and by the time they're all done, the day is over, and I didn't do most of the things I intended—and I feel pretty bad about myself because of it.

I wasn't present with my kids today.
I didn't meet that deadline.
I couldn't muster the energy to cook dinner.
The house is a mess. I am a mess. The world is a mess.

It's okay, I tell myself. Let me just try again tomorrow.

But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes and the list of things I didn't get to or didn't do well bears down on my shoulders and my heart, and all I can think is, "I am failing."

And I think that maybe I'm not alone.

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