I am starting to think the title of this post is going to be the second in a large number of similarly named posts.
I have just got off the phone from S, who I work with and had her second child just under a week ago. Her first email to me was quite simple "it was quick and painful". Well, one can't have it all, so I guess you sacrifice some comfort for speed. I didn't think much of it.
However, my phone call with her today started with "it's awful, don't breast feed, in fact don't let the baby anywhere near your breasts" and carried on along similar lines for half an hour while she regaled me with tales of how she had forgotten how tough and painful everything was for the first few weeks.
I've heard this before, but S is an incredibly practical, poised, sensible and down to earth lass. For her to complain takes real discomfort (she works for me so is used to putting up with a lot), and to hear her so vocal about everything has only managed to prompt more panic and fear in me.
I've changed my mind, I don't really want a baby, I want to go home and hide.