1) You will be very tired. Sleep when you can. I have started going to bed at 8:30pm. I feel like an old grandma, but my head hits that pilloe and I am out, at least for 2-3 hours until my little one wakes up.2) Which brings me to my next point. In a perfect world your baby will start sleeping through the night early on. The reality is it probably won't happen. Be prepared and adpat your lifestyle.3) Go with the flow. I had all these plans for my maternity leave, like organizing closets, etc. Nope. I didn't expect being a first-time mom to be so time-comsuming, as dumb as that sounds. I thought I'd get a lot done because babies sleep a lot. Well, I guess I forgot to factor in feeding, bathing, and taking care of myself, as well as dishes, laundry, house keeping, etc. So, I just kind of too everythign day by day. Sometimes we made it to the gorcery store, and some days it had to wait until the next day.4) If you are feeling at all sad or overwhelmed call a family member or friend to come over. I know they will not mind doing it beacuse they will get to see that baby. Sometimes I call my mom and she comes over and plays with the baby while I just RELAX in the tub.5) Take LOTS of pictures because they change so fast! You'll want to remember every moment.6) It's a hard job but just remember woman have being do it since the dawn of time. And things get easier everyday, i promise. My daughter is 4 months old and we have a nice little routine.7) There is a lot of baby crap you don't need! Like a Diaper Genie. I found it is easier putting poopy diapers in a plastic sack from walmart, tying it and taking it out to the trash as soon as I can. Those Disper gegnies are a pain! You will find that there will be stuff that you end up just not using. So don't take the tags off of everything. You can take some of that stuff back and buy diapers or things you thought you wouldn't need but find out you do!8) My best friend is early in pregnancy and we have fun looking at baby clothes. I told her, though, that as cute as some of those outfits are they are not practical or comfortable for a newborn baby. I had a jeanskirt/sweater outfit given to me at my shower for my daughter that was just adorable. Trying to put it on a 6 week old was a nightmare, plus the sweater was bunching up and she just looked uncomfortable. Babies like sleepers and jumpers and onsies. They are comfy! I send my daughter to daycare in sleepers and one-piece outfits as well. The only time we "dress-up" is on the weekend when we make our rounds and visit family.9) Don't put pressure on yourself about what is normal. If the book you ahve says baby should be doing something at 4 weeks and he is not...give him a few more weeks. Development isn't like clockwork. Some things he'll do ahead of time, others will be a bit late. DON'T WORRY. Everything will happen with time. Hope this helps. Good luck.