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Monday, February 20, 2017

Taking Baby Steps: Sage Advice For New Parents


Being a mom is something else. It’s unlike any feeling in the world. When your first baby comes along, it all changes everything, and I mean everything! While there are countless amounts of baby forums online, you don’t really know if everything you are feeling is the same as everyone else, after all, we’re all different. There are people that tell you how to do certain things, and strangers are quick to criticize if you are doing something “wrong” and doctors tell you that you shouldn’t be exercising during pregnancy, and then you should. It’s all such conflicting information that you can feel full to the brim before your baby is born. So I thought, for any parents to be, or new parents that are reading this blog (and if you are, then your baby must be asleep, in which case, congratulations), here’s some advice for the first few weeks.

You Will Learn So Much About What You’re Capable Of…

The late nights and early mornings are just one aspect of being a new parent, and you’ve made it this far without much sleep. The last month was so uncomfortable that you just wanted the baby out of there! The amount of diapers you will go through in the first week will be the equivalent of a mini-mountain, and you will wonder if you can cope on so little sleep, and the task of putting a diaper on is the most difficult task in the world when you’ve barely slept. There are resources to give you the basics, like innerparents.com, which helps new parents learn the fundamentals, but you will learn so much about yourself and what you can accomplish. It’s a challenge, but it’s one that you will face up to because the sense of duty and protection far outweighs anything else.

When The Milk Comes…

The first few days at home are a whirlwind. You’ve had the world and his wife come to the house, and you barely feel you’ve had any time to yourself, let alone with your baby. It’s emotional enough as it is, but then the milk comes. You are told that you will “feel a bit emotional” when the milk comes. What they don’t tell you is that it’s a combination of every single feeling you’ve ever had! Joy, sadness, and complete swings between the two are very common. You may feel that you're going crazy, and you completely doubt your abilities as a mother, and you secretly worry that the worst things possible will happen to your beautiful baby. It’s hard, I'm not gonna lie. What you need to remember is that these things will pass. You’ve given birth, that is probably the hardest thing you will ever have to do in your life. Make sure that you keep a sense of perspective, which is so difficult when you are in floods of tears, and if your partner is giving you an odd look because there are a couple of dishes in the sink, just explain you’re feeling emotional. It’ll pass, and communicate how you feel.