|That's the look|
If I could write a letter to myself as a brand new mom, here are just a few of the many things I would say:
- Mama's sanity is paramount. If you have been sitting around shirtless attempting to satiate an insatiable baby by breastfeeding for hours on end, it is more than acceptable to take a break and leave the house with said insatiable baby (after putting a shirt on, of course). Baby will probably appreciate the break too, and may even fall asleep in the stroller or baby carrier, miracle of miracles!
- People genuinely want to help you out, and you should let them. Soon the offers will start dropping off and people will assume you've adjusted to your new way of life. And then when you need help, you will have to ask for it overtly which, trust me, is much harder than accepting an offer of food/babysitting/cleaning/whatever that has already been put on the table by an eager friend or relative.
- Everything is a phase: sleeping well, sleeping poorly, sleeping well, not eating, eating for hours on end, pooping frequently, pooping infrequetnly, rapid weight gain, slow weight gain, teething, waking up screaming, waking up chipper and chatting, drooling, biting, being cranky, being happy... the list goes on. Just when you think you've got things figured out and some kind of pattern established, baby will switch things up on you. (This last one is still very applicable at Lilah's age and will be for quite some time, I imagine.)
|Phew, she's sleeping!|