19 Most Surprising Things About Having a Baby (No One Warned Us!)

newborn holding mother's fingeriStock.com/OnfokusWhen I was pregnant with my first child, I read everything about having a baby that I could get my hands on. I just wanted to be prepared, to know what to expect. I thought I could be ready for anything with enough reading. 

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And then my actual baby showed up, and being a mom was everything and nothing like the books said it would be. I was constantly being surprised. My feelings were bigger than I expected. The tiredness was worse than I expected. The highs were higher and the lows were lower. 

(Also, I constantly felt damp because there was usually either milk, pee, or sweat on me. Who knew postpartum sweatiness was a thing?)

I asked other parents if they faced their own "why didn't anyone tell me about this" moments once their babies arrived, and oh boy they did! It turns out almost all of us were shocked by things as new moms. Read on for the hidden truth about having a baby. 

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