I did. I'm not being smug, I'm just sharing my secret. My mum still says that she was so proud when she watched me in the first few days with my new baby, thinking to herself 'how does she know what to do?' I'd never been around babies before, and was just chucked in at the deep end, as it were.
So, my secret is that I made myself chill the hell out! It's really a very simple idea - though it's not that simple to implement, and takes a lot of willpower and reminders. You have to remind yourself all the time that the little things are not important, that you are lucky to have a healthy baby, that all of the things that threaten to drive you crazy are nothing compared to some of the things people in developing countries have to deal with when they have new babies. In essence, you just have to remind yourself every day that you are the luckiest person in the world. That attitude gets me through everything, and hasn't failed me yet. It works when bad stuff is happening in my life, and it worked with each one of my new babies.
And hell, if the house was a dump, so what? I'd just sit in it, cuddling my babies - to hell with anyone who criticised!