So you’ve just brought your Baby home… What do you do now? Sure, you’ve read all the books and I bet you even felt fully prepared before going into labour, but you’re now home, with no doctor, no nurse, no one to tell you how to take care of your baby. With the exhaustion becoming all too apparent, your panicked, overwhelmed and wondering if you’ll ever fit into your jeans again.
It’s a cruel trick that mother nature plays, making you start the most important and challenging job of your life right at the moment you most need rest.
But never fear, while this exhaustion may lead to a slight inclination to obsess over every little thing you feel you aren’t doing right or every little thing that could go wrong, try and relax. Every mother feels overwhelmed when they first bring their new born baby home. Every mother learns something from their baby that they never could have learned from a book or the internet.
So here you have it, the four things they don’t tell you about bringing your baby home.
1. You’ll Never Be More Popular Than You Are Now
From your cousins to your neighbours, everyone and their mothers now want to come visit you. They want to check in, see how you’re doing, drop off baby presents and of course, hold your new born bundle of joy. Having visitors can be nice for you to take a break and connect with the outside world, but don’t be afraid to limit the duration of visits or turn away people completely. If you’re too busy, or just too tired, that’s absolutely ok. Plus, it’s really important that you have quality bonding and snuggling time with your baby!
2. Your Baby Is Stronger Than You Think
It can be quite common for you to become run down or sick after giving birth. Your immune system can be low which makes you more susceptible to colds or the flu. While caution should be taken, don’t underestimate the strength of your baby. New born babies have a very high immune system that can protect them from lots of common illnesses.
3. Just Because It’s Not Your Mom’s Way, Doesn’t Mean It’s The Wrong Way
A very common feeling for new grandmothers to have is a feeling of uselessness. Their precious baby now has a baby of their own so they start to question what that means for them. The way that most of these grandmas fight this feeling is by offering advice. While in the beginning, this advice can be a lifesaver it can quickly become annoying and feel borderline condescending. It is important to remember that your mom is just trying to help and still feel like a good mom herself. It’s also important to remember that you don’t need to follow all of the tips and tricks that she “swears by”. This baby is your baby, you need to be able to try your own methods and techniques and learn from any mistakes that you make.
4. Everything Will Be OK!
Everything will work out in the end. Just remember to take lots of naps, have a shower daily, and also, don’t be so hard on yourself.