Terrifying, surreal, precious: New mums share stories
TERRIFYING, surreal, precious...how would you describe those first few moments with a newborn? We ask new mums at My Midwives just in time for Mother's Day.
First moments surreal for happy mum-of-two
VERY tired and very happy is how April Kneipp was feeling, 10 days after the birth of her son Frederick.
Her and husband Damien's second child had given them a fairly easy run so far.
"Everyone talks about all the horrors of a newborn like sleepless nights, but this has actually been pretty cruisy so far. He's a good baby," she said.
"Those first few moments with a newborn are just surreal."
"You spend all this time dreaming about what the moment will be like and suddenly it's happening."
Frederick is the younger brother to Charles.
Life proves hectic with three boys
NEW mum Karyn Waldron had her hands full with two boys.
The newest addition to her tribe, six-week-old Jacob, is about to make life extra hectic.
Mrs Waldron said it could take hours getting the three ready for a trip outside the house.
"Some days just feel like such a rush," she said.
"I get post-natal depression and some days can be really hard.
"You wonder how am I going to cope, but I think most mums feel like that, especially those first few months."
She said those feelings of anxiety and insecurity were a struggle but then she looked at her other children.
"Then I think I can do it.
"I've done it twice and I can do it again."
Mother's love is hard to describe
NOTHING prepares you for motherhood, says first-time mum Stephanie Karl.
At seven-months-old, her daughter Mikaha has proven what other people say doesn't always apply to your own child.
"Everything they told me hasn't happened. She does whatever she wants," Ms Karl joked.
"She has her likes and dislikes. She's independent."
She said she regularly felt inadequate as a mum, but overcame this with each new milestone.
"Each time she does something new, says a few words, stands, I think I've got this."
When asked to describe what the phrase "mother's love" meant to her, Ms Karl said it was impossible to describe.
"It just happens."
As for the dreams she has for her daughter - "for her to be healthy and happy."
Long and complicated labour worth it for Alfie
FIRST-TIME mum Jessica Scotney couldn't take her eyes off her newborn son Alfie.
Mrs Scotney's labour was far from easy.
Her contractions started coming 53 hours before the birth and the baby was on the wrong side.
But she said she wasn't scared and knew everything would be fine.
Eight sleepless nights later and the glowing mum was still reeling from those first few days with her newborn.
"I was lucky last night, I got four hours sleep," she laughed.
"It changes your life, from day one, nothing else seems to matter.
"You fall in love straight away."
She said no advice or classes could have prepared her for the challenges of motherhood.
"You don't really take all that in until it's happening.
"I'm learning what to do each day."