You’re Home, Now What?

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frazzled parentsWelcome home. You probably have been dreaming about this moment since the day you found out you were expecting; the day you would bring your baby home. Perhaps you were flooded with emotions as you left the hospital. You may have been elated and filled with more love than you ever thought possible. You may have felt scared being outside the hospital walls. No longer can you buzz for the assistance of a nurse and have your questions answered easily by the professional medical staff right outside your room. Whatever you’re feeling, rest easy to know that others have felt it too.

As you prepare for your new adventure of motherhood, here are a few tips to keep in mind:

1. Get some sleep. Your newborn probably won’t have a schedule at all. Be prepared to be flexible and “go with the flow.” Although you may find it hard to close your eyes and stop staring at this new little star in your life, take heed of the words of wisdom to rest and sleep when you can. Your body has experienced significant change (and will continue to do so as it readjusts from labor and delivery). Additionally, with newfound responsibilities, go easy on yourself and others. When you can, relax.

2. Take family and friends up on their offer for help. You may feel like superwoman, but remember, you are human. Even if you are feeling good, your body has been through a lot and so have you. Rely on your family and friends for a hand. When they ask if there is something they can do, think of the errands that you need to run or of having help so that you can enjoy a hot shower knowing your child is being well taken care of.

3. Take pictures. In a blink of an eye, you will look back on this day and it will have passed. Capture the moments. Think about taking a simple snapshot on each monthly birthday. You will enjoy looking back at those pictures and the amazing growth that happens within the first year.

4. Remember, parenthood and you are not perfect. You may have spent hours preparing the perfect nursery, picked out the perfect outfits and dreamed of the magical moments of parenthood. Will they happen? Absolutely. However, you may also have moments that will feel anything but perfect. Don’t be hard on yourself or anyone else when things don’t meet your expectations. Perhaps the little one isn’t sleeping well or eating well. Don’t take it to heart. Remember, all will pass in time.

5. Get back out there. Yes, you are a mother and you may never be quite the same person you were before this little one came into your life. You may no longer want to run out for that cup of coffee with a friend, to a movie, or shopping for an afternoon. Perhaps you would just like to hang out with your new little love. Yes, that is okay, but remember, being apart for a little time is also okay. Yes, you are a mother, but you are also still you. Enjoy and embrace the various roles in your life.

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  1. Avatar of meridethann meridethann says:

    Some of my favorite memories were falling asleep on the couch with my newborn nephew on my chest while my sister was in the shower. I hope I have someone who can do that for me.

  2. Avatar of JamJam JamJam says:

    Sleep is wonderful!! but babies dont like their mommies to get any!

  3. Avatar of Beth Beth says:

    These are great tips! I wish I would have read this before having my first!

  4. Avatar of Julie Julie says:

    My mother in law was actually the one that told me that after the baby comes that I need to remember to take time to myself. At the very least make sure I get in a nice hot shower once a day. In that moment, it will be the time I can even have a good cry if I need to :) I really have the best mother in law :)

  5. Avatar of Holly Holly says:

    don’t be afraid to put up a "no visitors" sign….i was so tired trying to entertain friends and family that popped in to visit

  6. Avatar of Angela Angela says:

    I was so happy to come home after we had the baby. I was exhausted from getting checked on at the hospital every hour. I actually got more rest at home.

  7. Avatar of Mary Mullard Mary Mullard says:

    im so anxious about becoming a new mother

  8. This is where the wolves separate from the sheep. I mean it seems to look easy but things can get hard just as fast as you blink.

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