1. Breast milk, when left somewhere for too long (i.e. a shirt, bra pad, blanket, etc), will stink. Sour breast milk does not smell good.
2. You get used to the smell of sour breast milk. This can be uncomfortable for you if you are being social and don't smell it on you (until you're in said social situation) from when your baby unlatched and it sprayed everywhere.
3. Baby acne is completely normal and sucks. Ellie has it really bad right now and it makes her look like a little teenager. I can't do anything about it, except wait, and it sucks.
4. Sleeping next to your baby is awesome and super convenient, but she will make so many sounds it will drive you crazy. It's even worse when you're first learning her sounds and wake up each time she sighs or moves around. Don't worry. You do get used to it and become aware of when she is really awake and when it's just her trying to pass gas in her sleep.
5. Taking a really good picture of your squirmy infant is almost impossible. This must be why people do photos of them sleeping.
Case and point. A lot of blurry movement going on and she hardly ever looks right at you.
6. Sometimes your baby will be weird and it will take loud noises and/or a LOT of movement to calm them down. For instance, Ellie really likes both of those things. The vacuum will put her to sleep. I even discovered that the hair dryer is one of her favorites. Confession: I may have put it on the "cool" setting and let it sit while turned on underneath her swing. She fell asleep almost immediately...until I turned it off, that is.
7. Any fear you had of holding a newborn will quickly disappear and you will become a pro at maneuvering your baby. You'll even become so good that you can do it one-handed.
7. You really don't remember the pain of birth. You can tell someone that it was really painful and intense, but you honestly can't say what, exactly, it felt like. And, honestly, it is well worth every uncomfortable moment of that labor. Even though you don't think it at the time because I seriously did tell Nick that we weren't going to have anymore kids. I've changed my mind since then.