Lessons of my first year of parenting

Andrea Huls
5 min readJan 10, 2021

Both wonderful and exhausting

Father and son. Photo by: Andrea Huls

I knew parenting would be difficult. However, I had no idea how much until I became a mom in December 2019.

If you’re thinking about having kids, I’m here to share the good and the bad of parenting in the first year.

Postpartum is tough

After giving birth, all women go through postpartum. It is a challenging period.

I was glad everything went well and that my baby boy was healthy. But it took a while before I felt like myself again.

Sleep deprivation is your new normal

You will be sleep deprived. There’s no way around it. Unless you have one of those rare babies that hardly cries and sleeps through the night, sleep deprivation is to be expected.

The good news is that as babies get older, their sleep needs change. Instead of sleeping in short segments throughout the day, they’ll sleep more at night, and so will you.

If you’re the type of person who loves to sleep in, though, you can kiss those long lazy mornings goodbye.

Body aches everywhere

My back and neck are killing me as I write this.



Andrea Huls

Writer, documentary filmmaker, photographer, feminist, mother, and much more.